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

Oct 27, 2020

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.
Alderwood Lynnwood Food Bank
Bellevue Hopelink; Mercer Island Food Pantry; REST
Bellevue Corporate Office Acres of Diamonds; Sound
Bellingham YWCA Bellingham, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services
Bremerton YWCA Kitsap County, ALIVE Shelter
Coeur d’Alene Union Gospel Mission: Women & Children’s Center
Mount Vernon Stanwood Camano Food Bank
Olympia First Baptist Meal Ministry; Tumwater School District
Seattle Queen Anne Food Bank
Southcenter Mary’s Place, Burien
Spokane Hope House
Spokane North Transitions
Tacoma The Salvation Army, Tacoma
Vancouver Share, Vancouver
Wenatchee Serve, Wenatchee Valley
Yakima Voices 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 has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904. The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its million plus members. In addition, its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public. Additional information is available through the company’s offices in Washington and northern Idaho, at, or by calling 1-800-562-2582.

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

AAA Washington Media Contacts

Kelly Just | 425-647-1594
Jennifer Cook | 425-301-9075
Twitter: @AAA_Washington
Facebook: AAA Washington

Media Contact

Jennifer Cook
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Kelly Just
Manager, Public Relations

Bellevue Corporate Office
3605 132nd Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98006

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