Tuesday, September 3, 2013

OPLAN PALIGO: Help bathe the less fortunate by donating take-home hotel bath essentials

Have you been the kind of person that takes home hotel bath essentials right after a stay? Well, I have. But I'm sure that I'm not the only one who does this. I've actually developed this habit of pocketing unused bath products after staying at an inn. I mean, I've already paid for those. I usually just keep those for a future travel. Then again, I never really get to use any as I always bring my own soap, shampoo, toothpaste and so on. So what happens later on is that I keep all these clutter inside my CR cabinet. But all of that has changed when I learned about my cousin's project. 


My cousin Ate Marj, who happens to be a High School teacher helps out the street children that reside near our Parish. She usually spends time with these kids every Sunday, over a few in-house movies and some afternoon snacks. 

It was only last year when she asked if I had hotel bath essentials that I could give away to her kids. It was also during their Christmas party when I saw her co-teachers/bestfriends segregating all the bath products, which they later on distributed. It was actually a simple yet noble project. And I saw their intentions in a whole new perspective. From then on, I started collecting all that I could bring in from my travels so that I could give it to the kids.


L-R: Ate Marj, my Kuya and her 3 bestfriends. :)

I rarely stay in hotels now. Plus, given the fact that I was injured and on house-arrest for most of the summer. So I've only been able to collect a few bath essentials this year. That's why I would like to tap your help on this specific cause. :)

If you happen to have extra hotel bath products or any kind that can be of use to the street children, then I hope you'll consider handing a few to us. On your behalf, we will give these gifts to those who will make the most out of it, while acknowledging your kind heart of course! :)

We've started collecting again. But if you have bathing goods that you'd like to donate, you can leave a comment here with your name OR simply email me your details at mai.wanderluster@gmail.com with the subject: OPLAN PALIGO. Our pick-up points are at SM North, Trinoma, North Avenue MRT, Mcdo Quezon Avenue-National Bookstore. We can also meet you during the weekend. But if you have other pick-up arrangements that you'd like to discuss, we're open to suggestions. :) 

Oh, and some of you might want to know what you'll be getting in return. Other than helping keep these kids to live a more sanitary life, I'll make sure to update everyone of where and when the goods will be given to. Pictures will also be provided on this blog as proof that the goods have indeed been handed out to the kids and their families (extra bath products will also be donated to a few outreach groups that my cousin helps as well). A list will also be provided, from which we will post and acknowledge your gracious aid. :)


I hope this worthy cause can help bathe more needy kids in our country. I hope you can also help spread the word Biyaheras and Biyaheros! Thank you all in advance. :)

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

***THANK YOU FRIENDS FOR GIVING Oplan Paligo SOME OF YOUR COMPLIMENTARY HOTEL BATH ESSENTIALS! These will definitely go a long way! :) ***

Franc Ramon of FrancRamon.com

Ms. Ysobel Hamidjojo
Karl Ace of TuristaTrails.com

Kin Enriquez of BoardingGate101.com
Jherson Jaya LonelyTravelogue.com

80 comments:

Mai Flores said...

Aw, too bad I left my unused toiletries in my hotel in Jakarta. =( But I think this is a really great idea! Good luck with your project! =)

Mai Flores said...

Wow, a ton of of hotel bath essentials! Those can surely help many of the less fortunate. =)

Mai Flores said...

This is a great effort to help less fortunate children. Even something as simple as giving someone in need a bath can go a long way.
-Wanderer Juan

Mai Flores said...

omg! this is such a good idea! My family travels a lot and before we left singapore we had a huge box of toiletries from hotels even small combs slippers and those soaps! I can never think that this could help other people! great job everyone nice idea too!

Mai Flores said...

Great project you have here! I'lll definitely share this to my friends who lives in Manila. :)

Mai Flores said...

I have a lot of take home hotel stuff Mai. I'll give it when we meet.

Mai Flores said...

Thank you in advance Franc! That'll mean a lot!!!! :)

Mai Flores said...

Hi LJ! Please do! Thank you in advance! :)

Mai Flores said...

Hi sis! True! We just went full force on this project. We're making it a personal commitment, especially for the kids who reside near our Parish. :) ANyhow, if you know anyone in the Philippines who would like to donate, I hope you can share this cause to them. :) Thanks in advance!

Mai Flores said...

Indeed Kim! If you have or if you happen to know anyone in the Philippines who would like to donate, I hope you can share this cause to them. :) Thanks in advance!

Mai Flores said...

Sayang nga! Dbale may next travel pa naman, right? Anyhow, if you happen to know anyone in the Philippines who would like to donate, I hope you can share this cause to them. :) Thanks in advance!

Mai Flores said...

True Joshua! If you have or if you happen to know anyone in the Philippines who would like to donate, I hope you can share this cause to them. :) Thanks in advance!

Mai Flores said...

wow! that's one big toiletries haul

Mai Flores said...

This is such a good cause.. I think I need to practice keeping the complimentary bathbessentials :)

Mai Flores said...

Tama sis! Makakatulong pa yan sa mga nangangailangan.. That's if kung di mo naman gagamitin. :)

Mai Flores said...

Ooops!, I'm guilty about taking home some of the unused soaps and shampoos from hotels and lodges we've stayed in for a vacation, I'll check if we still have inventory in our cabinet :)

Mai Flores said...

Been decades since I've brought home a some toilet essentials from my fave lodge. Anito . Good project ito, I'll ask my friend who I know, 'collects' hotel items. Ask ko siya kung pwede nya i-donate, for a good cause naman.

Mai Flores said...

Great cause and great way to get stuff and products to donate. I think she can approach directly some hotels or inns to donate unused soaps (left by some of their guests) for this kind of deed.

Mai Flores said...

Good luck on this project Mai. I hope a lot of people would reach out n their own little ways.

Mai Flores said...

Hehehe.. Let me know if you have stuff that you'd like to donate. :) Thank you in advance!

Mai Flores said...

Yey! Thank you in advance Tay! Sana maraming makatulong po. :)

Mai Flores said...

Hi Ron! I'm also spearheading the project now. We can also look into your suggestion. But for now, we're open to accepting donations that came directly from the hotel clients themselves. :)

Mai Flores said...

Thanks Franc! Sana nga! :)

Mai Flores said...

It's always nice to be involved in this kind of activities. I always remember what we traditionally do during Christmas to out least fortunate brethren on the streets. The moments I have with the rescue group in Cebu is always in my mind and the things we do during Christmas that we called "share a loaf".

Mai Flores said...

awww, this is such a really great project! helping people specifically street children.. ♥ ♥ way to go guys!! full support on this.

Mai Flores said...

This is a great cause and a unique one at that. I don't travel much but when I do, i'll make sure to collect the hotel bath essentials and let you know about it. I would love to help even in just a small way :3

Mai Flores said...

A big haul that is collected for a good cause..

Mai Flores said...

wow! this is such a great idea! how good of you to use hotels toiletery stuffs for a cause! hope this idea of yours will succeed! good luck to your good deeds!

Mai Flores said...

Contact him na and he told me he'll try what he can do to help the cause.

Mai Flores said...

Maraming salamat Tay! Kung meron po siya, he can always email me para makapagUsap kami about arrangements po. Salamat ulit! :)

Mai Flores said...

I really admire you for voluntarily helping unfortunate people. i wish success in in this project. I will help spread the word, my friends might have some bathing goods to donate for them :D

Mai Flores said...

The 'share a loaf' cause is also a grand idea! It reminds me of Jesus' feeding a thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and fish.

Mai Flores said...

Thanks Michael! If you can, please help us spread the word! :)

Mai Flores said...

Awww..thank you Erin! That would be greatly appreciated! :) Thank you in advance!

Mai Flores said...

Thanks Leny! Hope you can help us spread the word. Cheers! :)

Mai Flores said...

This is a nice project. Before I used to collect toiletries from hotels too. I hope this will be a huge success. Will be sharing this on my social sites :)

Mai Flores said...

A very nice project... Kahit ganu talaga ka-simple, basta may maitutulong tayo, pwede talagang makatulong no?

Mai Flores said...

Wow! What a great cause you have here. I also have that habit, collecting soaps, shampoos and sometimes toothbrush in a hotel. Need to spread this wonderful project and hopefully make it a successful one.

Mai Flores said...

A very noble act of kindness.You make me realize to keep with a purpose all the bath essentials

Mai Flores said...

You got a lot of paligo essentials... that's a nice collections.

Mai Flores said...

Hello Sir! I'm actually collecting these, so that I can give these bath essentials to our less fortunate kababayans. :)

Mai Flores said...

it's good to know that you are collecting stuff to give to others. such a sweetheart. god bless you for this!

Mai Flores said...

Atleast di nasayang yang pag-uwe mo ng mga unused soap and shampoo from hotels, nakatulong ka pa. :)

Mai Flores said...

This is a very good project. I don't usually use hotel toiletries because I'm allergic to it but I hoard them like crazy to give out to my siblings. I want to start a project like this in my community.

Mai Flores said...

This is a good idea. I am not a traveler myself but my husband always brings home some of these bath essentials whenever he goes to provinces for a job assignment. I usually give them to our school service driver.

Mai Flores said...

Great idea. :) My mom and I are also fond of collecting all these from different hotels we visit.

Mai Flores said...

I collect these items in hotels too Mai!!! haha... but it end up in my storage because i rarely use it. I always have my toiletries with me when I travel. You gave me a reason to collect more of these huh,,, ill message if ever I got plenty of these ;)

Mai Flores said...

Bravo sis! I would love to be part of this project, kaso di ako mahilig mag-takehome ng mga hotel bath essentials. I will now collect hotel toiletries for this noble project. You can also pm me if you need someone to help you in packaging or distributing these toiletries :)

Mai Flores said...

Thank you in advance sis!!! That would be really awesome! :) And surely.. I will certainly tap your help should there be need for any packing/distributing to be done.. so far kasi wala pa masyadong nagddonate. Wala pang mapapamigay..hehe! Sana dumagsa before the year ends. :)

Mai Flores said...

Wow, I never thought of this unique and new means of a project for a cause. Hope this post reaches some hotels that have surplus of used or even new hotel bath essentials which they can give away for children and their families. Thanks for this great post. Keep it up.

Mai Flores said...

This is a great idea especially those who like collecting soaps and other toiletries. My mom loves collecting the toiletries and bring them home. If there are missions here in Davao, I would love to bring this up. Thanks! :D

Mai Flores said...

This is great! My family used to visit and give some food to orphanage but yours was interesting 'cause you donate toiletries and for hygienic measure!

Mai Flores said...

Thanks Jherson! Aasahan ko yan ah.. donate mo na lang sa #OplanPaligo kapag may extra ka ng pwede ipamigay. Thanks in advance! :)

Mai Flores said...

This is quite a unique endeavor and hope that you get many donations not only from frequent hotel guests but also from other people as well who are able to donate toiletries and related items.

Mai Flores said...

Thanks for sharing this idea to us,

Mai Flores said...

Yes me too have this habit of collecting those things, yours is a good idea of sharing things for the benefit of others.

Mai Flores said...

wow! I really adore people who never forgets to give back to the less fortunate. way to goo!! :D

Mai Flores said...

Great idea to get all the free stuffs in the hotel. Next time I will do this too. Will give some stuffs and foods to the orphanage.

Mai Flores said...

wow. this is sucha great project. keep up the good work to u guys! :)

Mai Flores said...

No worries! I will definitely share this to all of my friends. They should be informed about this mission.

Mai Flores said...

I really thought that it is prohibited to take home soap and shampoos from hotels or inns bathroom. Now that I know we are actually allowed, I will take some if I have the chance and join this advocacy.

Mai Flores said...

I do the same thing whenever im checked-in in a hotel, but too bad everything i bought home has already been given to our household keepers. But to say, this is definitely the most unique idea for a good cause I've ever read. Way to go! :)

Mai Flores said...

I used to do that but with my last stay in one hotel, I realized I forgot to take them home. Anyways, Would also love to help out in the cause.

Mai Flores said...

very inspiring and now,im motivated to ask my family and friends if they can give me their hotel toiletries collection..:) this is a great project..i would love to help..:D

Mai Flores said...

Hi Bianca! Thank you! Hope you can help us collect more hotel bath essentials. :)

Mai Flores said...

ill post this for my friends :)

Mai Flores said...

Thank you! I appreciate the effort, Jinky! :)

Mai Flores said...

There is always a room for gratitude and kindness. Kudos to your group sis Mai.

Mai Flores said...

This is a great idea. I will save mind from now on, rather leave or throw them away.

Mai Flores said...

Napaka noble ng cause, will share this to my colleagues so they can collect hotel products for donation.

Mai Flores said...

ayie! i have thought about this too. good job! travelers should be doing something like this to lessen the guilt of staying in high class hotels as well. hihi. good to share!

Mai Flores said...

Salamat in advance, Thess! :)

Mai Flores said...

Will definitely take home the unused hotel toiletries during my travels. :)

Mai Flores said...

I think I already read about this some where but this is a great idea, kesa i display mo lng yang mga sabon at gawing souvenir at nakatambak lng i donate na nga lng.. Galing!

Mai Flores said...

Inspiring...I am so touched with this advocacy - 100spa

Mai Flores said...

I salute this cause! Very Inspiring. Its good to share this because marami ang nangangailangan ng ganitong klase ng tulong. Salamat sa pag blog nito

Mai Flores said...

oh i just want to add, perhaps the group can also provide small talks amongst the beneficiaries on proper grooming, apart from just donating:)

Mai Flores said...

Hi Caroleen! Thank you for the suggestion. We'll take this into consideration. :)

Mai Flores said...

this is such great way to help the less fortunate! hoping more and more people will do this. :))

Mai Flores said...

great idea!

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