For Immediate Release
Bay of Quinte Youth Council SPRING SHOWERS Toiletries Project a Tremendous Success
June 7, 2018 Belleville, Ontario
MP Neil Ellis’s Bay of Quinte Youth Council challenged the community to come together to collect various toiletries to help those who need it most. From early April to mid-May, hygiene products were collected in Belleville, Prince Edward County and Quinte West, with the objective to donate these items to three local foodbanks: Gleaners Food bank, the Trenton Care and Share Food bank and the Storehouse Food bank in Wellington.
Four local high schools participated in the challenge. BOQ Youth Council members, along with other students, urged their peers to collect as many items as possible in their home room classes. The class bringing in the most products was set to win a prize from MP Ellis. The response was overwhelming: St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School, Quinte Secondary School, Nicholson Catholic College and Marc-Garneau Secondary School collected hundreds of items to give to our local food banks.
Other community members also came together to donate toiletries, which were collected at drop off locations in Belleville, Quinte West and Prince Edward County. With such commitment displayed by students, their parents, and surrounding community, Proctor and Gamble was also inspired to provide 200 individual hygiene kits to each of the three food banks. The kits included items such as: toothpaste and a toothbrush, shampoo, soap and feminine hygiene products. Likewise, the Body Shop in the Quinte Mall participated in the initiative by providing items such as shower gels, body lotions, soaps, and other skin care products.
Our local high school students, together with the community, have collected over 3,200 items!
“Bravo, Bay of Quinte! This is one incredible initiative that the BOQ Youth Council put forward. Again, our community has rallied support one another; we could not have done this without the help of everyone involved. Thank you to P&G, and the Body Shop for their participation, and to the staff and students at our high schools that put so much time and effort into their collections. Gleaners, Trenton Care and Share and the Storehouse have each expressed deep appreciation for the toiletry products. It’s moments like this that should make us all very proud of the Bay of Quinte community—it’s a place where people come together to assist those most in need.”
– Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte
- This project was initiated by the Bay of Quinte Youth Council, a group of youth aged 15-24, that wanted to make a difference in the community.
- Proctor and Gamble provided over 3,000 items within their hygiene packs on top of the 3,200 collected by the community.
- A total of more than 6,200 items were delivered to the foodbanks this week.
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