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Give Someone a Fresh Start: Donate Toiletries and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to AAA Washington’s Annual Soap for Hope Campaign

More Than 1.2 Million Items Donated Since 2008

BELLEVUE, Wash. (October 27, 2020) — AAA Washington is teaming up with 21 charities around Washington and North Idaho to help our neighbors in need. This is the 13th year for AAA’s Soap for Hope campaign to collect and distribute unused, unopened toiletry items to local charitable organizations. This year, AAA is also requesting PPE contributions to fight the spread of COVID-19. The campaign officially kicks off Nov. 2, when AAA stores in Washington and North Idaho begin accepting donations, and continues through Dec. 30.

Soap for Hope was initially created as a way for AAA members and clients to donate unused, travel-size toiletries they acquired on trips. We began accepting unopened soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion bottles in 2008, and since that time, we have donated more than 1.2 million personal items to dozens of local charities.

“As hotels begin to transition away from offering individual toiletries, our members have stepped up by donating full- and economy-size items. This year, we’re also requesting PPE to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in our communities,” said Jennifer Cook, AAA Washington’s Senior Manager or Corporate Communications.

Want to give someone a fresh start in your local community?

Please consider donating the following unused, unopened, travel-, full- and economy-size items in original packaging to our 2020 partner charities:

  • Soap/body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss
  • shaving products, combs/brushes for all hair types
  • menstrual products for all body types
  • hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, disposable gloves and disposable face masks.
AlderwoodLynnwood Food Bank
BellevueHopelink; Mercer Island Food Pantry; REST
Bellevue Corporate OfficeAcres of Diamonds; Sound
BellinghamYWCA Bellingham, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services
BremertonYWCA Kitsap County, ALIVE Shelter
Coeur d’AleneUnion Gospel Mission: Women & Children’s Center
Mount VernonStanwood Camano Food Bank
OlympiaFirst Baptist Meal Ministry; Tumwater School District
SeattleQueen Anne Food Bank
SouthcenterMary’s Place, Burien
SpokaneHope House
Spokane NorthTransitions
TacomaThe Salvation Army, Tacoma
VancouverShare, Vancouver
WenatcheeServe, Wenatchee Valley
YakimaVoices for Children Foundation, Yakima: Buddy Bag Project

Ask your neighbors and family for any extras they may have, gather freebies from your dentist’s office or add a few extra items to your cart during your next bulk warehouse purchase. Whether big or small, every single donation makes a huge impact.

Donations are accepted year-round. To see a complete list of recipient charities or to find a store near you, visit

AAA Washington Soap for Hope Contact

Janelle Saylor | | 425.646.2317
Facebook: AAA Washington
Twitter: @AAA_Washington

About AAA Washington:

AAA Washington was established in 1904 by 10 prominent Seattleites determined to champion the betterment of motoring conditions and laws, the preservation of Washington state’s natural beauty and the promotion of Washington as an unrivaled tourist destination. Nearly 120 years later, the club continues to pursue these on behalf of its 1.2 million members. 

Members of AAA Washington receive exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts on hotels and rental cars, comprehensive insurance options, and personalized trip planning. AAA Washington was named a Best Place to Work by Puget Sound Business Journal and voted the best Travel/Tourism Company by 425 Business readers in 2023, and AAA was named one of the most trusted travel and automotive brands in the U.S. Additional information is available through the company’s Washington and northern Idaho stores and at 

About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit

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