If you travel frequently, you’ve probably accumulated quite a few travel-size toiletries from your hotel stay. When you get home, do you use them? While traveling, most of us enjoy using hotel toiletries while there but never use the entire product. Unfortunately, many of those half-used bottles and bars of soap are thrown away. Some state laws require the hotel to dispose of non-sealed hospitality items and pay a fee to incinerate them.
Thermo King to the rescue! Rather than let these items go to waste, we started collecting travel-size personal hygiene items. The goal is to give them a second life by getting them into the hands of people who can use them the most.
After 12 months, we have collected and distributed over 10,000 individual hospitality items. This has impacted 3,300 individuals and families in the US and Canada.
“A core value at Thermo King is to give back to our community. We have heard many heartwarming stories from donation recipients. Homeless and woman’s shelters, food banks, churches, and individual homeless persons have benefited from this easy and beneficial community program,” said Stuart Knowles, director of aftermarket sales and one of the organizers of this Thermo King initiative. “Our goal for 2020 is to recruit more participants and exceed the 2019 goal.”
Sure, it might add a little extra weight to your suitcase, but on your next hotel stay, consider packing up the extra toiletries and donating them to a local charity in your area. It’s a small price to pay to help others in need.
The packages are delivered in Thermo King trucks with support from local labor, including furloughed food industry workers.