United Way Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 2nd Annual Sample Drive Now Underway

unitedway portercountyUnited Way Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Northwest Indiana is holding the 2nd Annual Sample Size Drive running from July 1 through January 1. They are collecting sample size toiletries and hygiene products to be made into care packages. These care packages will be sent to the troops overseas and given out at local nonprofits during the holiday season.

Many individuals don’t have the funds to purchase hygiene products, and government assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also can’t be used to buy them.

“This is a great way to help those in need around our community,” said United Way RSVP of NWI Director Michael Glorioso. “During the holiday season, our food pantries are inundated with pounds of food donations, but they rarely receive toiletry donations.”

Donations for the Sample Size Drive can be dropped at United Way of Porter County, 951 Eastport Center Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383, or any of the participating United Way RSVP stations: We Care from the Heart, Porter Township Food Pantry, Sacred Heart Food Pantry, Starke County Community Service, Adam Benjamin VA Clinic, Blue Star Mothers, St. Vincent DePaul, and Sojourner Truth House.

The items that are most in need include shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap/body wash, shaving cream, feminine products, and lotion.

For additional information, contact Michael Glorioso at michael@unitedwaypc.org

United Way RSVP of Northwest Indiana connects individuals over the age of 55 with volunteer opportunities in the community. They currently have over 300 volunteers who give their time to 44 agencies throughout Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and Starke Counties. For more information, visit www.nwivolunteer.org or call 219-464-3583.