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Out and About? Pick up some items for Sarah’s Circle

On the way to the exhibit hall, you may have seen a plastic bin filled with toiletries. These items are headed to Sarah’s Circle, an organization in Uptown Chicago that provides services to homeless women.

Sarah’s Circle needs travel-size toiletries for the women it serves. They are also accepting:

• Band aids
• Bladder Pads
• Chapstick
• Denture Cleanser
• Deodorant
• Dryer Sheets
• Fixodent
• Hand sanitizer
• Kotex pads (regular and heavy)
• Razors
• Sunscreen
• Tampex (regular and super)
• Toilet paper
• Vaseline (travel size)

Don’t have time to shop? You can donate your unused hotel room soap and shampoo!

Haven’t seen the bin? Here’s a pic. It’ll be there until the end of the conference!

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Relevant Issues Section Service Project: Toiletries Donation

The Relevant Issues Section is pleased to announce a project to collect donations for Sarah’s Circle, a non-profit agency that serves women who are homeless or at risk. Located in Chicago’s Uptown Community, Sarah’s Circle has provided support for thousands of women since 1979.

Sarah’s Circle has a Daytime Support Center open to any woman in need, a 50-bed interim housing (shelter) program for women who are currently homeless, and permanent supportive housing for women who have a disabling condition and have been chronically homeless.

Items they need most are:

  • Travel size toiletries (deodorant, soap, etc.)
  • Tampons and pads
  • Denture cleaner

MLA 2014 attendees are invited to pack a little extra and help out Sarah’s Circle. Extra toiletries from your hotel room may also be donated. Donation bins will be located in the registration area. Thanks for your contributions.

[Thanks to Pat Devine for providing this information!]

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Donate to the MLA “Party with a Purpose” Silent Auction

MLA is seeking your support as an auction item donor for the Medical Library Association’s first ever Silent Auction during the MLA Annual Meeting.

We ask for your support with a donation of one or more auction items. The items could represent hundreds of dollars in auction funds raised. Please be sure to include a photo and relevant details about the items you donate, so we can include an accurate description for potential bidders. By May 6, please forward your completed Silent Auction Donation Form to the address provided on the form. For more information, please refer to the fact sheet or contact Ray Naegele (email:  or phone: 312.419.9094 ext 17) or Susan Chesniak (email:  or phone: 312.419.9094 ext.18).

The MLA Silent Auction is supported by the 2014 National Program Committee lead by Julia M. Esparza and Erinn Aspinall, Co-chairs, Party with a Purpose Committee, of the National Program Committee.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the MLA Scholarship fund, MLA Section Project of the Year Award, and the Chicago adult literacy organization, Literacy Works.

Possible donation items:

  • rare books and autographed books
  • electronics and mobile devices
  • gift baskets
  • handcrafted items
  • jewelry, artwork
  • vacation timeshares
  • posters, photos
  • art, sports paraphernalia
  • tickets to sporting events or theatre events
  • gift certificates for online purchases at shops and restaurants
  • candles and collectibles

Thank you for your support!

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