CARLSBAD, CALIF. – What to do with all those little bottles of hotel shampoo, soap and hair conditioner from your travels? Many people toss them in a drawer or just throw them away.
Ginni Davis, a resident of the La Costa Glen retirement community in Carlsbad, California, thinks that’s a terrible waste. Davis suggested to fellow residents that they collect unused hotel toiletries from others in the community and donate them to the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside, California. The WRC provides shelter and other services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The residents placed collection boxes for the toiletries in the La Costa Glen mail rooms and, according to Davis, the response was overwhelming. Since launching the toiletries program in August 2017, Davis and fellow resident Grace Omens have delivered more than 520 pounds of toiletries to the WRC.
“Many of the women and children who come to the Women’s Resource Center arrive with just the clothes on their back,” said Lauren Stephenson, development director for the WRC. “The toiletries donated by the La Costa Glen residents allow us to use our funds for other purchases. We really appreciate their support and all their hard work to collect and deliver these critical supplies to us.”
“As a society, we are all more conscious of the need to repurpose and recycle,” Davis added. “Equally important is supporting the people in our community who need our help. We are proud to work with the WRC and assist them with the vital services they provide.”