Victoria HarbourCats, a charity, is working together to collect hygiene items for young people

Fans called for new and gently used personal care products to be donated at Royal Athletic Park

An initiative hopes to spark some good in the community, as well as providing a summer pastime in Victoria.

Soap for Hope Canada is working with the Victoria HarbourCats on a program that aims to provide more than 2,000 children and teens in Victoria with essential hygiene and oral care products.

Throughout the baseball season, the charity will collect gently used and new hygiene products at HarbourCats home games, while also raising money through a 50/50 raffle.

There will be a donation bin at Royal Athletic Park and fans are encouraged to donate gently used shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion, along with new items such as deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Soap for Hope Canada provides essential hygiene products to various groups in need and has distributed nearly 10 million items since 2015. The effort has also saved a million pounds from ending up in landfill by finding a home for products that would otherwise have ended up in landfill. thrown away.

The charity says hygiene is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining self-confidence, but many children and teenagers in Victoria don’t have access to basic necessities. That could lead to missed school days, health problems and impact the overall well-being of youth, the Victoria-based organization said.

“Supporting the health and self-esteem of children in our community is a cause we are deeply passionate about,” C. Anne McIntyre, founder and executive director of Soap for Hope Canada, said in a news release. “We are excited to partner with the HarbourCats and engage the community in this meaningful initiative.”

The Cats’ host their home opener on June 7 at Royal Athletic Park.

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