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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2013

Contact:   

Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

AmeriCorps members hold Great Rollout Toiletry Drive to honor Veterans

• Donation boxes at seven Helena DPHHS buildings
• Helena businesses participating on September 11th

In honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service, AmeriCorps VISTA members in Helena and other national service enthusiasts nationwide are holding a toiletry drive from September 2 - 11.

Donation boxes will be placed at seven Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) buildings in Helena to collect unused and packaged toiletry donations to help Veterans at the God’s Love Homeless Shelter, Helena Veterans Affairs, and the YWCA.

In addition, Helena businesses are also participating. On September 11 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. items can be dropped off at collection boxes set up at Safeway, Albertsons on Fee Street, and Van’s Thriftway grocery stores.

“The Great Rollout is a simple way to serve those who are heroes for our country,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Jessi Sheava. “Last year, over 1,500 toiletry items were donated to God’s Love, Helena Indian Alliance, and the Helena Veterans Affairs. We are hoping to exceed that amount this year. It’s all about honoring those who served our country. We wouldn’t be here without them.” 

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is known for establishing the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Many Veterans come to the God’s Love homeless shelter without any essential items such as toiletries, says Joe Wojton, Director of God’s Love. “These items are often considered luxury items and help with self-respect,” Wojton said. “Veterans are eager to work, and are searching for employment. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.”

The donation boxes will be at the following DPHHS buildings from September 2 to 11: Sanders (111 N. Sanders), Cogswell (1400 Broadway), Fuller (555 Fuller Ave.), Sage (2024 9th Ave.), Old Federal (301 Park Ave.), Arcade (111 N. Jackson), and Colonial (2401 Colonial Drive).

New and packaged toiletry items to donate include: toilet paper, men’s and women’s deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, men’s and women’s razors, men’s and women’s shaving cream, lotion, facial cleanser, body wash/bar soap, feminine hygiene products, hairbrushes, cotton swabs, tissues, and bath towels.

On September 11, volunteers will be posted outside of Safeway, Vans Thriftway, and Albertsons on Fee Street with a small flyer listing needed toiletry items. “Simply pick up a flyer on the way into the store and drop off your purchases in the collection box on your way out,” Sheava suggests.


WHAT:

Great Rollout Toiletry Drive to honor Veterans at God’s Love, Helena Veterans Affairs, and the YWCA.

WHO: 

AmeriCorps VISTA, Jessi Sheava, 406-444-3925

WHERE:

Safeway, 611 N. Montana Ave.
Albertsons, 600 N. Fee St.
Van’s Thriftway, 306 Euclid Ave.
DPHHS buildings: Sanders , 111 N. Sanders; Cogswell,1400 Broadway; Fuller,    555 Fuller Ave.; Sage, 2024 9th Ave.; Old Federal, 301 Park Ave.; Arcade, 111 N. Jackson; and Colonial, 2401 Colonial Drive.

WHEN:

September 2-11, DPHHS donation boxes will be in place.
Wednesday, September 11, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Items can be dropped off at participating Helena businesses.

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