Main Photo: Volunteers repackaging toiletries for the homeless
Date: January 2020
Location: Virginia, USA
Name: Hospitality for the Homeless, based in Norfolk, VA,
Who’s Doing What Currently: Hospitality for the Homeless, based in Norfolk, VA, has been going for some 11 years and serves as a national re-distribution agency for travel-size toiletries to those in need.
Hospitality for the Homeless receives donated amenities from our inventory partners nationally, including hotels and resorts, dentists, orthodontists, retailers and manufacturers, as well as from the public.
We re-package these donated items, which include soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste and disposable razors, into care kits which we distribute to recognised homeless shelters and needs-based agencies.
It is an interesting concept that has been well received. Refreshingly, we don’t ask for a financial contribution, nor do we solicit continuously. We only ask our inventory partners once a year for a donation of toiletries that they already stock in-house.
Our community service partners – high schools, middle schools, Sunday schools and Scout troups – provide student volunteers to re-package the toiletries into care kits for our distribution. In exchange for their help, our student volunteers receive community service hours of credit and the opportunity to participate in a community-wide give-back program.
First Seen: Hospitality for the Homeless website
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