Donate Your Hotel Toiletries to Folks in Need With Amenity Aid!

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I’ve previously admitted to taking the toiletries from my hotel room.  This is something I was hesitant to do at 1st, but Emily convinced me that the toiletries are part of our room fee.  And when I saw the joy on a little girl’s face in India when we handed her a care package with the toiletries, I was in!

Now there is a non-profit organization, Amenity Aid, that will distribute your hotel shampoo, soaps, and toothpaste to good causes for you.

Donate Your Hotel Toiletries To Folks In Need With Amenity Aid

Amenity Has Already Distributed Over 18,000 Toiletry Products to Those At-Risk

Amenity Aid

Amenity Aid gives personal care products to at-risk and in-need people both locally and globally.

Donate Your Hotel Toiletries To Folks In Need With Amenity Aid

Amenity Aid Was Founded in March 2013 and Is Run Entirely By Volunteers

Amenity Aid collects donations of toiletries and then supplies them to emergency shelters, temporary housing facilities, community centers, veteran assistance programs, and other organizations that assist at-risk and in-need individuals.

Organizations that have received products from Amenity Aid:

How You Can Help in 2 Easy Steps

Donating is easy.  Here’s how you can help!

Step 1 – Collect Toiletries During Your Hotel Stays

When you travel often, you can build up quite a stockpile of travel amenities.  Emily likes to put our toiletries in our suitcase, so the hotel staff will replenish them each day.

Donate Your Hotel Toiletries To Folks In Need With Amenity Aid

Our Stash of Hotel Toiletries Goes to Folks Who Really Need Them

Some accepted items include:

  • combs
  • razors
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • soap & body wash
  • toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • toilet paper

Items should be new and unused.  See the full list of accepted items on the Amenity Aid website.

Step 2 – Drop-Off or Mail Your Donation

You can mail your donations to:

Amenity Aid
c/o Liz Duggan
PO Box 2041
East Greenwich, RI 02818
 

Keep in mind that you will have to pay shipping costs.

And if you live in Rhode Island or plan to visit, you can drop your donations off at the following locations:

  • The Meadows Office Park, North Kingstown, Rhode Island – this is a volunteer’s place of business so please contact Amenity Aid to arrange for drop-off.

If You Don’t Want to Collect Toiletries From Hotels, You Can Still Help!

Here are 4 other ways you can help:

1.   Shop Amenity Aid’s donation catalog

2.   Shop for everyday items on AmazonSmiles and 0.5% of the price of your purchases will go to Amenity Aid at no additional cost to you.

3.   Sign-up and print coupons for free at Common Kindness and a percentage of the commission when you redeem your coupon will be donated to Amenity Aid.

4.   You can also donate by check or PayPal.  Amenity Aid is recognized as non-profit organization so your donations are tax deductible.

Bottom Line

Amenity Aid donates personal care products to folks in need.  This is a wonderful cause and it is easy to donate.

I’ve seen firsthand how donating toiletries can bring happiness to a child.  And it’s great that there is a non-profit group organizing this effort.

The next time you’re staying in a hotel, consider donating some of your unused soap, shampoo, and toothpaste to help others meet their basic needs!

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9 responses to “Donate Your Hotel Toiletries to Folks in Need With Amenity Aid!

  1. I suppose there is nothing truly wrong with taking any new items that are in your hotel room but I can see where people would abuse this – go on a mission – take from maid carts, etc.

    Some hotels are already helping on their own. For example the Palazzo in Vegas takes used bar soap, melts them down in bunches, sanitizes them then reforms them into individual soaps for kids in Africa and elsewhere. I think they said they have provided over 100,000 bars of soap. So that’s cool. No need to throw away your used bar soap at the Venetian or Palazzo.

    I think taking new items from the room (no matter the justification) does increase the costs to the hotels and we may end up paying higher room rates down the line.

  2. This is kind but misguided. Shipping is so enormous that a straight cash donation is going to do more good here.

  3. I have found many local churches or charities often will take these items,,,,,,I have donated a lot to local sources over the years. Especially to Mission groups

  4. I think the idea of donation is a good one. But sometimes we need to look a bit closer to home. While so many of us are fortunate enough to be able to travel, many in our own communities struggle to survive. Many homeless, those living in shelters due to domestic violence, often with children, could use these products.

    I do take what is given as I don’t use anything usually. I save them up and give them locally to a women’s shelter. Sometime charity begins at home.

  5. I donate these items to my local Veteran’ s hospitals and shelters. They are also used to put care packages together for our troops overseas. These men and women are so deserving. I agree with Deb T about the “closer to home” issue.

  6. The idea behind Amenity Aid is great and inspiring. I checked out their website and they do a lot more than just collect and distribute hotel amenities. They support a NATO medical group in Afghanistan too. A great cause.

  7. As soon as I read this, I reached out to them for advice on how to start something like this for my local community. As someone who is getting more in tuned with the issues in my local community, I can see how collecting hotel amenities at a very micro level will help a great deal on a macro level. I’m think hotels have this built into their budget. I’m not advocating taking from the maid’s cart at all, but taking one set of amenities from each hotel stay will add up if you stay in 10+ hotels in a single month. The company I work for has a lot of road warriors and this would be a great way for them to contribute to our community despite them not being in town for very long.

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  9. We are gearing up to help veterans and people in the community. We are a 501c and would like your assistance with products that you supply, so we can give them out.