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Toiletry Donation
updated: Jan 31, 2014, 10:54 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I travel a lot and have hundreds of unopened little bottles of really good shampoo, lotion, body wash. etc. from nice hotels. Does anyone know where I can donate these? I'm wondering if I should throw them away or if there is a shelter or someplace that might like to have them.

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 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 10:57 AM

Domestic Violence Solutions has a shelter for women and children, I'm sure they would love to have it.

(805) 963-4458


 COMMENT 490855 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 11:06 AM

Unless there is an unbroken seal nobody will want them. Try leaving the stuff in the hotel if you don't plan to use it.


 COMMENT 490858 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 11:10 AM

I had a garage sale once and a woman came by and asked if I would be interested in donating them to her for making toiletry packs. They were for a domestic violence place. There are definitely places that can use them. I also was able to donate some stuffed animals, and a few other items that she could use.


 COMMENT 490860 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 11:11 AM

I doubt anyone will be able to use them if they are not brand new and sealed. I would toss them.


 COMMENT 490864P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 11:16 AM

Casa Esperanza might be another place that would take them. Or the Salvation Army.


 COMMENT 490865P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 11:17 AM

No one stole them. We paid for the hotel room, and the small toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, cream, shower caps) that were supplied were part of what we bought, whether we used them up or not. I have donated them to women's shelters and homeless and rescue mission in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.


 COMMENT 490889P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 12:08 PM

Rescue Mission.


 COMMENT 490933P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 01:20 PM

Casa Serena on Bath St.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 01:35 PM

That is very nice of you to donate what you don't use so that others can. I'm sorry about the Trolls saying negative things to deter you of doing so.


 COMMENT 491020P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 05:16 PM

El Encanto rooms start at $750 a night, plus $35 to park. I think it's okay to walk away with anything not nailed down.


 COMMENT 491025P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 05:36 PM

If not Domestic Violence Solutions,
(805) 963-4458

Transition House, 966-9668

So many options. Thank you.


 COMMENT 491094 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-31 11:38 PM

Thank you for your suggestions. Everything is sealed/unopened and from hotels around the world that charged me over $400/night. The management puts out what they expect people will use or take home.


 COMMENT 491107P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 06:58 AM

Resue Mission on Yananoli. They welcome clean towels, new sox, new toothbrushes. Shampoos, toothpaste, etc.


 COMMENT 491133P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 09:15 AM

When I was on a tour of India with the SB Art Museum there was one woman who gathered up everyone's hotel toiletries, pads of papers and pencils, fruit etc., bagged them up and gave them to the homeless or very poor children we saw on the streets. Some people on the bus didn't like it, but it was wonderful to see how happy it made the children.


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-01 06:31 PM

They are definitely for the use of the paying guests, whether at the hotel or at home. I once gathered stuff from all my friends and sent a 50-pound carton of them to a friend in Cambodia to give to poor kids. (It cost a bundle to ship). It started a major project that I did with this friend that turned into our own little grass-roots "Heifer International" project - only with baby pigs. It went on for five years and I'm pretty proud of it..


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