Where to Donate Toiletries in Your Community

where to donate toiletriesWe’ve all been there: You stay in a hotel and snag the unused toiletries for your own stash at home. After all, you did pay for the hotel room, so those are your toiletries!

Then, slowly but surely, your toiletry stash at home begins to look like a CVS or Walgreens. Don’t fret! We have the perfect solution! Donate your toiletries so that individuals in need can benefit from your stash of shampoo, conditioner, and all things hygiene related!

If you’re in Chicago, just use Zealous Good to find out exactly which charities need your toiletries. If you’re not in Chicago, here are some ideas of where to donate toiletries.

Homeless shelters

Homeless shelters are one of the most direct ways to get your toiletries to someone who needs them. You can rest assured that your shampoo will be washing the hair of someone who is trying to get their life back on track.

You can find a homeless shelter near you on the Homeless Shelter Directory.

Women’s Shelters

Women’s shelters provide a great support system and safe place for women in danger and need. Giving the women in these shelters access to toiletries of their own gives them a sense of ownership and the opportunity to start fresh.

To find women’s shelters, visit WomensShelters.org. It’s a great resource with shelters across the country.

Human Services Organizations

Human service organizations, like those that serve the developmentally disabled, often have housing available for the individuals they serve. These homes need all sorts of items and donated toiletries. Your donation can help keep these houses stocked with the items their individuals need.

To find a list of human services organizations in your community, visit your local United Way’s website or you can search on Charity Navigator.

If you’re in the Chicago area, check out Zealous Good for where to donate toiletries. Click here to submit your donation and we’ll find a charity that can benefit.

Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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