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Hope Soap campaign collects toiletries for Katrina victims

Hope Soap announced a special community-wide "We Send Hope" campaign to provide personal hygiene and toiletry items to survivors of Katrina.

Hope Soap, a sister project of It's Spooky To Be Hungry, is a local all-volunteer clearinghouse for the collection of personal care items and toiletries which are distributed to area needy. Through this special campaign, Hope Soap will send a truckload of personal hygiene care kits to displaced hurricane survivors. We will also supply toiletries to hurricane victims evacuated to the local Red Cross shelter (Warren Baptist Church).

We have the truck, we have the destination, and we have the means to distribute these much needed supplies to those who are suffering. Now we need our community of caring to come forward with contributions of toiletries to fill our care kits.

We are not asking for monetary donations - there are many wonderful organizations that can use your dollars well in helping Katrina survivors. We are asking for you to help us, through hygiene supplies, to get a simple message of caring to some of those whose suffering is close to all of our hearts.

All donations must be received at drop off sites by Sept. 16, for processing and shipment shortly thereafter.

We are accepting the following new, unused toiletry items, preferably in travel size where available: razors, feminine sanitary supplies, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, deodorant, additional small travel and hotel amentities, such as sewing kits, shower caps, cotton balls and cosmetics.

Donations can be brought to any of the following Hope Soap partner sites:

First Bank of Georgia, Thomson, 110 East Hill Street

Columbia County News Times office, Evans, in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road.

Wild Birds Unlimited, Martinez, in the K-Mart shopping center on Washington Road

North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, North Augusta

Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, West Augusta, on Walton Way Extension, next to the fire station

Golden Harvest Food Bank, South Augusta, near the intersection of Gordon Highway and North Leg

Junior League of Augusta Office, Augusta - Summerville, Surrey Center

Rex Construction, Augusta - Downtown, 307 11th Street, on northwest corner of Greene and 11th

We are also accepting donated products from schools, faith communities, businesses, and civic organizations that wish to set up toiletry drives to benefit "We Send Hope." If your organization wishes to set up a drive to benefit this Hope Soap effort, please contact us. An associated toiletry drive is already in place at Augusta Preparatory Day School. We thank all our "We Send Hope" partners for providing drop off sites and additional support, and we thank all of the caring community of the CSRA for helping us reach out to those in such dire need.

"We Send Hope" and Hope Soap are sister projects of It's Spooky To Be Hungry, organized by Big Changes Start Small, Inc., a charitable corporation that believes in its name.

For more information or to volunteer to help "We Send Hope," please contact www.spookytobehungry.org or call 706-733-8142.



Web posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005











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