Keeping your hands clean by washing with soap and hot water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness and infection. But what would you do if you couldn’t afford soap or other basic toiletry items? It’s a problem that many with limited incomes face on any given day.

AAA’s 4th Annual Soap for Hope campaign collects your unused and unopened toiletry items and distributes them to persons in need via local shelters, food banks and other charitable organizations. Donations may be dropped off starting on November 1 and through the end of the year. Donations made at the following locations will stay in the community and benefit several local charities:

  • AAA Seattle – University District: 4554 9th Ave. NE, Suite 120 – ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
  • AAA Seattle: 1523 15th Ave. West – Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC)
  • AAA West Seattle: 4701 42nd Ave. SW – Family Promise
  • AAA Bellevue: 14404 NE 20th St., Suite 150 – YWCA Women’s Center

New, full- and sample-size toiletry items, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and deodorant will be accepted at all AAA locations, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“I’m really proud to be a part of such an incredible community,” said Annie Myers, manager of AAA’s office in Bellevue. “Our members and other customers really pitched in with our Soap for Hope drive, and with their help, we were able to provide thousands of toiletry items locally to those that need them the most.“

It’s easy to help. Look in your cabinets for toiletry items you never used. Maybe you have hotel shampoos, conditioners, lotions or soaps from your last trip. Or if you buy in bulk you many have extra disposable razors, bar soap, toothbrushes or toothpaste.

For more information including a complete list of AAA locations and charities, please visit (

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 1,035,000 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.

Publisher’s Note:  Good on you AAA!

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