Four teens from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20208 have launched Soapy Smiles, a Montclair-based personal care drive to provide non-food items to local people in need.

Daily essentials like shampoo, razors, dental care products, diapers, feminine hygiene products and more are not covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, according to a Soapy Smiles press release.

Believing that no one should be deprived of baseline personal care supplies to maintain health, wellness and comfort, the Scouts decided to expand on a personal care drive they began in 2021, the release says. Soapy Smiles was the result, and Troop 20208 has invited other troops and local organizations to join them.

The four participating Cadette scouts leading the Soapy Smiles effort are working toward their Girl Scout Silver Award which is earned by completing 50 hours of community service and creating a program that lives on after they have moved on, according to the release.

Kicking off in May, the Soapy Smiles drive will take place across three different days — May 14, 15 and 21, 2022. The personal care item donations will be divided between Toni's Kitchen and the Human Needs Food Pantry.

Items collected will include: shampoo, conditioner, razors, body wash, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and diapers.

“We are incredibly proud of our scouts and their ambitious actions which make the world a better place," Ingrid Burke, co-leader of Troop 20208, said in the release. "Our intention is that Soapy Smiles will become a recurring program that Girl Scout service unit troops will support for years to come.”

The four donation events are below:

  • Saturday, May 14 from noon to 3 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
  • Saturday, May 15 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Community Outreach Program for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and the St. Vito Society, 79 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
  • Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Glen Ridge Arts and Eco Fair on Woodland Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
  • Saturday, May 21 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Montclair Eco-Fair at St. James Episcopal Church, 581 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

Donations can also be ordered through the Troop’s Amazon Wish List.

For more information, visit www.soapysmiles20208.com, email soapysmiles20208@gmail.com or call/text 201-661-0216 with any questions.