One person can make a difference. This is the message that Tom Murphy, retired member and past President of Unifor Local 101R, wants to share.
During his five terms as President, Murphy made a point when travelling to collect complimentary toiletries from hotels that he stayed in. Each morning he would gather soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, ensuring the products would be replenished during multi-night stays for him to collect again the next day.
Every December, Tom and his wife Susan would sort and pack up the personal care items to deliver to Calgary’s YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter, a haven for women and their children fleeing family violence, for use and distribution to other local women’s shelters.
“It’s a simple gesture but one person, over one year, can collect a fair amount,” said Murphy.
Since Murphy retired he no longer travels as extensively, now he is appealing to other members to carry on his generous tradition.
“I ask all those who travel or attend conventions to please take up the practice of collecting and donating the toiletries that are included in your room,” said Murphy. “It’s a very simple task, but it can have such a huge impact.”
If you don’t travel often, toiletries, first aid supplies and other health essentials can be purchased directly to donate to crisis and homeless shelters in a community near you. You may also consider converting your drug or grocery store loyalty card points into a gift card to donate.
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