Thanks to the overwhelming support of AAA Washington members and the local community, AAA’s Soap for Hope donation drive recently collected and distributed a record 105,079 bars of soap and other toiletry items for charitable organizations throughout Washington state and northern Idaho. This represents an incredible 68% increase compared to last year’s collection of 62,712 items.

The Yakima AAA office alone collected more than 3,300 toiletry items. All items collected at the Yakima office were donated locally to Rod’s House.

“The success of Soap for Hope is due in large part to the efforts of our members and community partners, which have done an amazing job supporting this event,” said Lorene Lenseigne, manager of AAA’s office in Yakima. “We are so pleased to have their support every year. We simply could not do this without them."

No one is more thankful than the charitable organizations served by Soap for Hope. Soap, shampoo and other toiletry items are in high demand at local shelters and food banks because they are daily necessities that cannot be purchased with food stamps.

AAA Washington promotes their annual Soap for Hope toiletry drive in the Fall/Winter of each year. In addition, members of AAA and the local communities of its offices are invited to drop off new, full- and sample-size toiletry items, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and deodorant, year round at any AAA office in Washington and northern Idaho. In the past four years, AAA has collected and distributed more than 250,000 toiletry items to local charitable organizations.

AAA Washington has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904.  The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its 1,040,000 members. In addition, its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public. Additional information is available through the company’s offices in Washington and northern Idaho, at, or by calling 1-800-562-2582.