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Old 11-15-2017, 07:44 PM   #21
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.......I only heard back from the teen shelter, saying they didn't have a need for soap.........
Sounds like teen-agers alright!


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I've never tried to contact the shelters before just taking them to the shelters.
I figure the administrators are busy, and don't actually know what the shelters really need, (rarely do the administrators actually work at or with the actual shelters) so if it's not money, in a significant amount, I feel they won't reply.
Taking my extras directly to the shelters themselves, I have never been turned away, and they are always thankful and appreciative.
I don't want to have to label or shrink wrap them, so I'd like to know if the food bank will take them as is. A lot of them are "factory seconds" - they look weird, fragrance is great, etc. I may do a super-basic label - just ingredients, no individual scent name, and put them in sandwich baggies or something.


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I don't want to have to label or shrink wrap them, so I'd like to know if the food bank will take them as is. A lot of them are "factory seconds" - they look weird, fragrance is great, etc. I may do a super-basic label - just ingredients, no individual scent name, and put them in sandwich baggies or something.
Not sure about food banks, but the shelters I deliver to take them naked.
I give both labelled and unlabelled. My basic recipe rarely changes, so for the ones not labelled I do give a tiny print out (the one I used to give when I sold naked bars) to the shelter with the soaps.
They literally are grateful to get whatever they can and are not too choosy. (to an extent of course)
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I don't sell. So if I don't need to make soap, I don't make soap. Seems to be a novel way to avoid having stacks and piles of soap on hand

but, but, but projects and designs!
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And colors and scents and trying out different recipes...
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Any excess I have at the end of the year (around Thanksgiving time) that I don't think I want to try and continue selling, or give away (because everyone already has so much) I take them to the local women's and homeless shelters.
I tried giving them to Red Cross, but they refused to take them because they were not "brand new, brand name, store bought" items.
I've never had a problem with the women's shelters or the homeless shelters taking them, and they are always very thankful for them. I usually take anywhere between 30-40lbs of soaps. Unfortunately that is never near enough, but it does help.
I could be wrong, but the red cross only takes blood and money, which I find disturbing ....

Where I live there is a place call Samaritan inn. I think is a state wide thing, but again, I could be mistaken. Is were abused women go with their children until they can get back on their feet.

That is were I take mine.
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I could be wrong, but the red cross only takes blood and money, which I find disturbing ....

Where I live there is a place call Samaritan inn. I think is a state wide thing, but again, I could be mistaken. Is were abused women go with their children until they can get back on their feet.

That is were I take mine.
Up until about 3 years ago, I used to donate clothes, shoes, (used), soap (mine), and old (unbroken) toys, to the Red Cross and they happily took them. 3 years ago, I went to take my donations to them, and they refused it saying they only took new unopened merchandise or money. (nothing was said about blood) So I got disgusted and stormed off. LOL

Ever since then I only take my stuff to the shelters.

Here we have Samaritan House. Not sure if it's women only, but the shelter I take my soaps to is the same as you described, for women and children. Can't remember the name off the top of my head.


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