Inside a warehouse in the city of Bell, California, are rows and rows of boxes – donations for some 200 nonprofit groups that support those who can’t support themselves. It’s all being gathered by the S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank, also known as Shelter Partnership. “Everything we have here is brand new. We get items from manufacturers, movie studios,” said Jennifer Marquez, director of product donations at the Shelter Partnership. “Any time someone has a surplus, they look to us.”
But recently, the biggest donation of a single item in the history of the Shelter Partnership arrived, and it was all thanks to a single couple; Donda Mullis and Ronnie Shugar are the founders of Raw Sugar Living, a company they founded in 2014. It seems that Donda and Ronnie had the intention from the beginning of their business to give back and thought that 2 million bars of soap was the best choice. “A bar of soap, which we all take for granted, is probably the best thing you can have for someone of less fortunate means,” Shugar said. And it seems they might have been right. “These are much-needed items that, normally, agencies would have to buy themselves,” Marquez said. “So, this is a very important donation.”
So why the desire to give back? “Our want was to create a brand with a heart that connected consumers with a cause,” Mullis said. According to their Raw Sugar Initiative, for every product someone buys from the company, a bar of soap is donated to someone in need. “If we can help inspire people to look for a better job, to feel better about themselves, to go to school with pride, this is just the first step,” Shugar said. and ultimately it comes down to their upbringing – “My mother always told me that we help ourselves by helping others,” Mullis added.
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