This holiday season IntelliTect invited several local businesses to participate in a household essentials drive to benefit the Spokane based organizations Hearth Homes and the Northwest Connect Hands Up Non-Food Pantry. The drive took place December 1-12th at Tilton Excavation Co., The Liberty Lake Athletic Club, Northwest Health Systems and Casey Family Dental.
“We have teamed up with IntelliTect and a few other local businesses to gather non-food household items and donate to two local charities, Hearth Homes and Hands Up Non-Food Pantry,” said Amy Tilton of Tilton Excavation Co. in Otis Orchards. “These charities help families in need in the Spokane area, and this time of year is often more difficult for them.”
Hearth Homes provides transitional housing to homeless women and their children in Spokane Valley while Northwest Connect serves the poor of Spokane with a food bank and the only non-food pantry in Spokane. These two charities are always grateful for food donations, but they were in need of non-food items like dish soap, all purpose cleaners, shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, laundry detergent and trash bags. These items are expensive and are not provided to families through the other local food banks.
“While food banks can actually purchase food cheaper than the general public, there is not a cheap way for them to buy these common every day household items,” said Jenni LaBella, IntelliTect Social Media and Public Relations Consultant. “We may take them for granted, but they are critical. For families struggling to provide these basic necessities, donations make all the difference.”
IntelliTect employees and their children delivered all the donations the week before Christmas. “I liked helping my mom and sorting all the donations,” said Dominick LaBella, age 6. “We loaded the boxes, and then I helped carry them in and unload them. We helped the poor people who needed our help.”
The household essentials drive was a success and raised over $700.00 worth of everyday products. “We want to thank everyone who contributed to our home essentials drive for Hearth Homes and Hands Up,” said Amy Tilton. “Many donations were made and we are thrilled with the outcome!”