AAA Washington is teaming up with seven Eastside charities to provide an opportunity for those in need to have a fresh start to their day. AAA Washington is kicking off its ninth annual Soap for Hope donation drive today to collect unused travel- and full-size toiletry items for local shelters, food banks and other charitable organizations across Washington and northern Idaho.

 There are two ways to donate toiletry items in Bellevue:

Drop off items at AAA’s Bellevue store, at 14404 NE 20th St. Suite 150, between now and the end of the year. Open 9am-6pm M-F and 10am – 5pm Saturday

Benefits YWCA Women’s Center in Bellevue

Drop off donations on December 8 at AAA’s new corporate office for a Fill-the-Truck event. AAA’s corporate office employees will be filling a 16-foot Penske truck on December 8 (only) from 8am – 5pm at 3605 132nd Ave SE, Bellevue, in the Factoria neighborhood.

Benefits Friends of Youth, Sophia Way, Community Psychiatric Clinic, Hopelink, Acres of Diamonds, Camp Unity

 “What’s so great about AAA’s Soap for Hope toiletry drive is that the items you donate stay in your community to help your neighbors in need,” said Jennifer Cook, AAA Washington’s Senior Manager of Corporate Communications. “Most of us have leftover toiletry items from a trip we took recently. Put those items to good use by helping someone in need.”

 As a result of the generosity of members, the public, local businesses and community partners, AAA Washington has collected nearly 735,000 toiletry items for local charities over the past eight years, and they redistributed more than 135,000 items last year alone.

 Want to be a part of supporting your local community? Scan your cabinets and gather items from your last vacation or maybe you can donate something from that case you bought on the last trip to the warehouse store. Donations of new, full- and sample-size toiletry items, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, are accepted at all AAA stores in Washington and northern Idaho.

 “Even the smallest luxuries make a world of difference to families who are struggling to meet their basic needs,” continued Cook. “Free toiletry items are one less thing that families have to spend precious resources on.”

 For more information, including a list of recipient charities, visit


2016 Soap for Hope Charities


Recipient Charity


Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County


YWCA Women’s Center


Lydia Place



Coeur d’Alene

ICARE: A Program of St. Vincent de Paul

Federal Way

Federal Way Community Caregiving Network


Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

Mount Vernon

Friendship House


YWCA Other Bank & Tumwater School District


YWCA Family Village Redmond


St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank


Ballard Food Bank

Seattle – West

Jubilee Women’s Center at Sojourner Place


Hope House

Spokane – North



The Salvation Army


Benton Franklin Community Action Committee




Serve Wenatchee Valley


Rod’s House




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 1,110,000 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 stores in Washington and northern Idaho, at, or by calling 1-800-562-2582.

By Zen Chi

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