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Annual Soap for Hope Campaign Kicks Off 14th Year

Close to 1.5 Million Toiletries Donated Since 2008

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The simple act of donating a bar of soap can make a huge impact on another person’s life. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 10% of Washington state residents, and more than 11% in Idaho, lived below the poverty line. Soap for Hope, AAA Washington’s toiletry donation drive, aims to help our neighbors in need through 21 local charities around the state:

  • Alderwood AAA Cruise & Travel store benefitting Lynnwood Food Bank and Whidbey Island Nourishes
  • Bellevue AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting Hopelink, Mercer Island Food Pantry and REST
  • Bellevue corporate office benefitting Acres of Diamonds, Sound
  • AAA Bremerton store benefitting the YWCA Kitsap County, ALIVE Shelter.
  • AAA Coeur d’Alene store benefitting Union Gospel Mission: Women and Children’s Center
  • Issaquah AAA Cruise & Travel store benefitting Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
  • Mount Vernon AAA Cruise & Travel store benefitting Stanwood Camano Food Bank
  • AAA North Spokane store benefitting Transitions Domestic Violence Services
  • AAA Olympia store benefitting First Baptist Meal Ministry and Tumwater School District
  • Seattle AAA Cruise & Travel store benefitting Queen Anne Food Bank
  • Southcenter AAA Cruise & Travel store benefitting Mary’s Place Burien
  • Spokane AAA Cruise & Travel store benefitting Hope House
  • Tacoma AAA Cruise & Travel store benefitting The Salvation Army, Tacoma
  • Vancouver AAA Cruise & Travel store benefitting Share, Vancouver
  • AAA Wenatchee store benefitting Serve, Wenatchee Valley
  • AAA Yakima store benefitting Jesse’s Place at Camp Hope

During Soap for Hope, all AAA Washington locations will gladly accept contributions of soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, shaving products, menstrual supplies and personal-protective equipment (PPE) such as facemasks and hand sanitizer. All products must be unopened and unused. The Soap for Hope toiletry donation drive runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30, but donations are accepted all year.

“Some of our neighbors are really struggling right now. AAA’s Soap for Hope drive stocks supplies of important items at local charities so that people don’t have to choose between hygiene and putting food on the table,” said Jennifer Cook, AAA Washington’s senior manager of corporate communications. “Having access to these items can boost confidence for a job interview or for children going to school. Your toiletry donations make a huge impact to a family in need.”

Hygiene poverty isn’t as visible as hunger, but it’s very real. Some are unable to afford basic hygiene products that most of us take for granted.

For Danielle in Olympia, the essential items made a special day even more memorable, “It’s hard enough fitting in when you live out of a car. But going to the Homecoming dance seemed impossible. I couldn’t believe it when my high school said I could use products from AAA Soap for Hope to get ready for the dance. For the first time in a long time, my life felt normal.”

Since 2008, close to 1,500,000 items have been distributed to local charities throughout Washington and North Idaho. Every contribution, whether travel-, regular- or economy-size, can make a huge impact. You can drop off donations at any AAA Washington location.

For more information, visit www.aaa.com/SoapForHope.

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. More than a century later, the club continues to pursue these on behalf of its 1.2 million members. 

AAA Washington provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps, and personalized trip planning, to members. AAA was recently named one of the most trusted travel and automotive brands in the U.S. Additional information is available through the company’s stores in Washington and northern Idaho, at www.AAA.com, 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 www.AAAFoundation.org.

AAA Washington Media Contacts

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

Interested in planning your next road trip with AAA Washington? Call your travel agent directly or your nearest AAA store to get pro tips, TripTik maps, and more. Find more Pacific Northwest scenic drives and road trips.

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Media Contact

Jennifer Cook
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
425-301-9075
JenniferCook@aaawa.com

Kelly Just
Public Affairs Manager
425-647-1594
KellyJust@aaawa.com

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

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