It is The Rose Quest Personal Care Initiative’s objective to relieve poverty by providing personal care and hygienic products to persons of low, or no income by establishing, operating and maintaining a personal care and hygiene products bank for residents in crisis, in need and/or who are homeless, and by distributing products through social service agencies, charities, schools, and directly to the street.
We received our registered non-profit status in 2020. For more information on how to help us, please check out the 'support us' section of our site.
In order to protect the Health, Safety and Dignity of the people we're assisting, the Rose Project cannot and will not use: items which have already been opened and used, make-up, nail polish, hair styling products/hair dye, jewelry, candles, and items which are expired.
Please, before you donate use the golden rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. If you've used an item and don't like it, please put it in the hazardous waste. Thank you.
The story: It began with idea that slowly built over time from the end of 2013 to the beginning of 2014. I started collecting hotel toiletries. My dentist always gave me a free toothbrush and toothpaste after a visit. I had some nice soap I had a bunch of samples of but didn't need the rest. But what I don't need, someone else is in dire need.
I completed my first kit in the summer of 2014 and decided the next time I made a trip into Toronto it was time to put it to the test. Hand it out to someone in need. At the end of the day I finally found a man not much older than me, sitting on the corner with a sign that said, "Broke and hungry. Anything would help". I approached him and offered him the kit I made up and asked him if it would help him. He lit up like it was Christmas morning, and replied "Yes actually that would be a huge help". And with that I decided to do it again since it had been a success.
I then put the call out to some yard sale groups on Facebook and my own personal page that if anyone was going on holiday could they please save me a few toiletries. The answer was astounding...
I had people from all over Northumberland and beyond message me wanting to help. I went from having 12 kits mostly done to being able to make OVER that. I am overwhelmed and grateful for everyone's kind words, help and generosity.