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Helena Great Rollout more than triples donations from previous year
- 5,000 toiletry items were collected and distributed to Helena Veterans Affairs, God’s Love, and the YWCA
The Great Rollout Toiletry Drive to help Veterans brought in more than triple the number of items collected last year, event organizers report.
Over 5,000 unused and packaged toiletry items were donated this year compared to 1,500 last year. The items went to benefit Veterans at God’s Love Homeless Shelter, YWCA, and the Helena Veterans Affairs.
“It took a community to get this done, and we exceeded our goal by a long shot,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Jessi Sheava. “Hundreds of Veterans will benefit due to the generosity of the Helena community. A big thank you goes to every person who contributed either items or time to make this project a success.”
Kathleen Henson of Helena Veterans Affairs said the donated items have been very helpful. “These donations not only help our hospitalized Veterans, but also those who are homeless or were homeless but have recently moved into housing,” she said.
In honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service, AmeriCorps VISTA members in Helena and other national service enthusiasts collected toiletry items from September 2 - 11. In Helena, donation boxes were placed at seven Department of Public Health and Human Services buildings, and on September 11, Helena businesses participated, including Safeway, Albertsons on Fee Street, and Van’s Thriftway.
“This was a simple way to serve those who are American heroes,” Sheava said. “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.
To many Veterans, these toiletries are considered luxury items and fill a day-to-day void. Items donated includes 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.