HIAS Toiletries and Grocery Gift Certificate Drive

Dec 29, 2023 8:00AM—Jan 09, 2024 5:30PM


JCA of Southern Maine

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Make a donation for a chance to win tickets to the Broadway Production of Come From Away!

In partnership with Portland Ovations, the JCA is very pleased to announce a special essentials drive to benefit HIAS. From December 29 – January 9, we will be accepting community donations of new, unopened toiletries and gift certificates to area grocery stores to benefit HIAS clients. Donations may be brought to the JCA, 1342 Congress St. Portland ME during business hours. Acceptable donations include:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes (new, in the original packaging)
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Soap (bar or liquid)
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Gift certificates to area grocers (Shaw’s, Hannaford, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sun Oriental Market, etc. Any denomination on the gift certificate will be accepted, but ideally should be $20 or higher).

Thanks to our generous partners at Portland Ovations, we are raffling off a pair of tickets to see the musical Come From Away at Merrill Auditorium on Saturday, January 13th, at 7 PM! For every item donated between December 29 – January 9, you will receive a raffle ticket. The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday, January 10th and the winner will be contacted via email or phone. The more items you donate, the better your odds of winning this fantastic prize!

Come From Away is based on the true events that took place in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001, and the days that followed. Nearly 40 planes bound for the US were grounded at the local airport, doubling the population of the very small community in an instant. Over the course of the week, the town rallied to take care of the folks who were stranded in a variety of ways. In the moving song “Blankets and Bedding,” necessities are gathered from around the town to ensure safety and comfort for those who landed there.  Portland Ovations are anticipating a very successful run of three performances here in Portland, with nearly 6,000 in attendance over the weekend of January 12-13, 2024. Ovations is aiming to leverage that opportunity to gather items or resources most needed by members of our own community, with each performance of Come From Away including a drive/collection effort for a different service organization. We are very fortunate that HIAS was selected to be the recipient of the collection drive for the January 13 evening showing! David Hein, co-writer of the acclaimed Broadway musical “Come From Away” chats with Ovations Director of Community Programs & Partnerships Katelyn Manfre about the legacy and impact of the play years after it’s initial release:

HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. 

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