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Agency seeks toiletry donations

Community Missions, a public service agency that helps individuals and families in need throughout Niagara County, is benefiting from a new recycling program set up by the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. and area hotels.

The hotels are accepting unused and gently used toiletries including soap, shampoo, bath gel and lotion from guests. The items then are donated to Community Missions for distribution to clients of its soup kitchen, public housing and temporary housing for the homeless.

"Rather than having guests discard often fairly full bottles of shampoo and soap, this new program allows for these items to be recycled and used by those who need them most," said Elizabeth Davis, director of sales for the NTCC.

The program has been in place for about three weeks, Davis said.

Among hotels participating in the program are Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls, Holiday Inn Lockport, Holiday Inn Niagara Falls, Hotel Giacamo, Quality Hotel and Suites, and Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, as well as the Conference Center Niagara Falls.

Each of the participants has a bin near its front desk where guests can donate no longer needed travel and full-size toiletries. The Niagara Tourism staff also is participating by donating items from their business travels.

Community Missions provides meals and shelter to needy individuals, residential and rehabilitation programs for those with mental illness and care for at-risk young people.

The mission of the NTCC is "to expand the economic prosperity of the Niagara USA communities by generating individual and group visitation."

e-mail: rbaldwin@buffnews.com

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