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By A.J. Etherington
The Courier 

Soap Giveaway Cleaned Out Quickly


A.J. Etherington / The Courier

Volunteers hand out totes at the essential items giveaway on May 14.

Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson teamed up with the Montana Aviation Research Company and TC Energy to fund an essential item giveaway on May 14. The event stuffed 400 plastic totes with items like laundry detergent, bleach, disinfectants, dish soap, Dial soap bars, toilet bowl cleaner, a cloth, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, paper towels, facial tissues and first aid kits. All 400 totes were given away in just about an hour.

According to Erickson, cars had started lining up for the totes before 3 p.m. for the giveaway to start at 4 p.m. and by the time the event started the line had stretched from the Glasgow Fire Hall to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and around the block. There was no criteria to receive a tote and the giveaway was entirely first come first serve.

"This was a very unique event," said Erickson, "First of its kind in Glasgow. It was focused on the needs of our whole community and we can't thank TC Energy and MARCO enough. It was truly a fun event."

The totes were entirely organized and distributed by the Mayor and a team of volunteers that ranged from area youth to community leaders.

"During these trying times, we know many individuals and families need all the support they can get to make their daily lives a little more manageable," said TC Energy spokesperson Sara Rabern in a statement to the Courier. "Our recent partnership with Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson and her team of volunteers to build and distribute gift baskets reiterates why giving back to the communities in which we live and work is so important. As we wrap up our work at the Border Crossing, we want to extend a big 'thank you' to the citizens of Valley County for their hospitality."

In total TC Energy donated $20,000 and MARCO gave $5,000 to source the totes and their contents.


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