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Scarsdale Soap Shop Makes Splash for Charity

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Joan Chin was among the crowd last week at Kalliste in Scarsdale for an event introducing a new soap product that will help the Global Soap Project, an organization dedicated to fighting disease in children by helping them keep clean.

The new soap, called Bar of Hope, was created by Kalliste owner Marie Labropoulos.  Fifty percent of the profits will go to the Global Soap Project , which collects discarded soap from hotels, reprocess it and then redistributes it to where its needed across the world.

“My husband knows Marie from a networking event and I came tonight to support her,” Chin said. “I think that the Bar of Hope is created for a great cause. I also like the fact that all of her soaps are all natural. My daughter, Keira, also enjoys the soaps.”

Labropoulos decides every year to donate to a different cause and found Global Soap Project on the internet and decided that this is the cause to which she would like to contribute.

” I feel that this is a great opportunity to be part of the group in a larger way,” she said. “Being part of this group allows soap to be recycled and in the process of doing this we are helping people. Bar of Hope is my way of offering an ongoing contribution to the Global Soap Project. I hope to raise awareness to this cause.”

And the new soap was a hit with at least one customer.

“These Bars of Hope will make wonderful gifts. I love them,” said Benvinda Silva.

The Bar of Hope Charity Event brought in 30 guests and 30 Bars of Hope were purchased. This event is going to be extended through Saturday.

“We have local partners that are non-government organizations in these countries that distribute the soap to children,” said Quinn Hudson, founding board member of the Global Soap Project. “This helps prevent serious diseases and illnesses that arise from improper hygiene.“

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