United Way hygiene drive nets record

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UTICA — United Way of the Mohawk Valley’s Emerging Leaders United has partnered with area businesses to host a drive for hygiene items — with this year’s drive breaking program records for donation. Organizers said 48 local businesses participated with their employees and customers, collecting more than 11,120 donated items valued at nearly $35,000. Among the items collected were deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizing solutions, cleaning products, diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products.

The items have been distributed to six local non-profit organizations, officials said, including domestic violence shelters, agencies assisting homeless individuals, food pantries and soup kitchens.

“It is astounding to see local companies come together to help those most in need and allow our community to continue to thrive,” said an announcement by the United Way of the Mohawk Valley.

“The Hygiene Drive is such an important part of what we do here at United Way to connect people with opportunities to impact and connect non-profits to resources. This really exemplifies what ELU is all about,” said Erin Gutierrez Matt, the United Way MV’s executive director and chief executive officer.

This year, a few companies truly stood out with their efforts to help ELU with the success of the Hygiene Drive. Lowe’s was among the top performing companies, donating 4,778 items valued at $16,188. Braden Supply was also a top performer, donating 1,200 canisters of disinfectant wipes valued at $5,000. Other top performers include NBT Bank, Modern Dentist, Utica First Insurance, and First Source FCU.

United Way ELU is a membership affinity group within United Way for individuals between 21-40 years of age donating $100 or more to United Way MV. ELU Members receive exclusive benefits and opportunities, such as meet-ups and discounts on United Way ELU events. More details about being a member or taking a leadership volunteer role and joining a United Way ELU committee can be found at www.unitedwaymv.org/elu.

Participating businesses included: Adirondack Chiropractic, Ancient Shakes, Angela’s Salon & Co., Baird, Braden Supply, Broadway Utica, Delta Hotel, First Source FCU, Girl Scouts, Herkimer BOCES Student Council, Hospice & Palliative Care, Human Technologies, Hummels, ICAN, James Roback DDS, Jay-K Lumber, Kekis Citgo, Kelberman Center, Life Plan, Lowes, Lucianna’s Boutique, M&T Bank, Mecca Dental, Modern Dentist, Mohawk Valley Wellness, NBT Bank, Nelson Associates AE, Northwestern Mutual, NY Sash, Packy’s Pub, Paradigm Consulting, Inc. , PJ Green, Retro Fitness in Yorkville, Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation, Rozanski, Salon Elements of Style, Site Seeker, SoHo Nails, Special Metals, Sunset Wood, The Grizzly Giraffe, The House of the Good Shepherd, Turnball Insurance, Universal Bookkeeper, Utica Chamber of Commerce, Utica First Insurance, Utica Gas & Electric FCU, and Whitcraft.

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