Sunday, February 1, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Bar none: Family collects soap for Clean the World

soap donation 1_9_14

Edco Transmission owner Steve Bellamy and his granddaughter Hannah Bellamy stand in front of some donated soap, which is to be donated to people who need it. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page B5 | January 18, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — It’s not often one walks into a transmission shop and gets a good whiff of Irish Spring bath soap.

“That’s a fragrant little corner over there,” said Steve Bellamy, owner of EDCO Transmission on North Texas Street.

That little corner is home to buckets of bar soap that is shipped off to Clean the World, with headquarters in Orlando, Fla. Used bars of soap are recycled and shipped along with new bars to impoverished people in the United States and developing countries.

Bellamy’s late wife Sandy Bellamy began collecting soap donations in 2010. She died in 2011. Their daughters Holly Bellamy, Jill Russell and Stephanie Russell and granddaughter-in-law Laura Bellamy continue the tradition.

Clean the World Foundation was founded in February 2009, according to the group’s website. The mission is to collect and recycle soap and bottled amenities discarded by the hospitality industry.

The World Health Organization, according to the Clean the World Foundation, believes one-third of diseases that kill children younger than 5 could be prevented by hand washing with bar soap.

Collecting the soap meant the world to her mom, Holly Bellamy said.

“She raised us to be mindful of others,” she said.

When the buckets get full, the Bellamys box them up and send them to Florida. They’ve learned to utilize the U.S. Postal Service’s flat rate mailboxes to save on costs.

Stephanie Bellamy also collects soap donations at her business, Bella Terra, in Vacaville. Laura Bellamy also brought home hotel soaps when she traveled for work.

Steve Bellamy estimated the family has sent more than 75 boxes over the years. Each was filled with soap, some about the size of half dollars, secured in a small plastic bag. He’s amazed that people can keep such a small size in their hand while bathing.

Those who attended Sandy Bellamy’s funeral were asked to bring a bar of soap for Clean the World.

“There were piles of soap,” Holly Bellamy said.

Clean the World has changed the way the family looks at soap. Remnants are now put aside for donation. Co-workers and friends do the same.

Steve Bellamy switched his bath soap brand after smelling various ones. He liked one made by Dove but felt he was “too manly to try it,” he said, joking.

“It brings out the Irish brogue (in him),” Holly Bellamy said about her father’s soap choice.

Hannah Bellamy, Laura Bellamy’s 15-month-old daughter, is getting an introduction to the family affair.

“I remember when Sandy started it,” Laura Bellamy said. “The entire family room was full of soap.”

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 3 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Skeptic ScroogeJanuary 18, 2014 - 2:23 am

    Best auto shop in town! I noticed the sign for soap donations too! Honest, friendly, best price. Gave me a free diagnosis on my check engine light, would have cost me $140 at the dealer - and get this, they gave my 2 rambunctious toddlers a free toy garbage truck and horse! Even after they knew they werent going to make $ off me because I had a diesel! I was kinda shocked, it's like they are a nonprofit or something! I mean, really generous people, living in a time warp from the past, heartfelt generosity that is unheard of in most of society.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • P. J.January 18, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Honestly! Steve Bellamy is really Santa, just look at him! My deceased husband absolutely thought the world of him, car wise, business wise and personally. A mutual friend used to get Steve to be Santa at Fairfield Lions Christmas Parties....long ago, but such a happy memory!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • tom lishJanuary 18, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    I've known Steve and the family for many years. He is always the Gentle man, and has a wonderful family, I miss Sandy , she was a delight. Steve always has the best coffee in town cooking for customers and visitors. stop by and say HI, and drop off a soap or two. thanks for all you do Steve ... tom

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Police make 2nd arrest in deadly Thanksgiving Day shooting

By Glen Faison | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Fire Department honors top firefighters

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Everything you need to know about Super Bowl

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

 
$340,688 brick replacement for Texas Street complete

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

 
4th annual Health and Wellness Fair a big success

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Banish dry skin this winter

By Sarah Porkka | From Page: C4

 
Chocolate: A long journey to deliciousness

By Karen Metz | From Page: C4

 
County board to consider DA reorganization plan

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Eurozone offers lesson in debt

By Mark Sievers | From Page: B7

 
Rodriguez graduate completes basic training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

 
Suisun City police log: Jan. 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Jan. 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
.

US / World

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
NASA launches Earth-observing satellite

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

From ocean to ocean, through the Panama Canal

By The Associated Press | From Page: C1

 
Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

‘Rolled Sleeves Bandit’ tied to 7 bank robberies in custody

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Bay Area agency accuses former official of embezzling $1.3M

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in US

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
California health care contract fight resolved

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Man arrested after body parts found in suitcase

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Letter with suspicious powder received at Samaritan’s Purse

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

 
Not so ‘Good to Go’ when man gets $18,000 toll bridge bill

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Balloon pilots make history with trans-Pacific flight

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Whitney Houston’s daughter found unresponsive in tub

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Drivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va.

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Airport authorities: Traveler beats homeless man with chair

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Kerry: ‘Enormous interest in new relationship with Cuba

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Fire devastates major Russian library, threatens rare texts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Swiss police: 4 dead after avalanche hits group of skiers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Fire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Vatican investigates 2 cases of child porn possession

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
From car lots to city budgets, cheap oil means change

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Opinion

 
Sound off for Feb. 1, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
Good old days weren’t as good as we remember

By Megan Mcardle | From Page: A8

Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 1, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Feb. 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Feb. 1, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Sundance doc pulls back curtain on Scientology

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Prayer, commonly misunderstood

By The Rev. Rick L. Stonestreet | From Page: C3

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Horoscopes: Feb. 1, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

Volunteer or visit because February is National Salute to Veteran Patients

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

 
.

Entertainment

 
Lorrie Moore nominated for short story prize

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

New book to feature unpublished Hemingway conversations

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Review: ‘First Bad Man’ is Miranda July’s debut novel

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

Mustangs win the whole Encalada

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Super Bowl the final act of the NFL’s worst season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Lowest prices on last-minute Super Bowl tickets near $9,000

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Laird takes a 3-shot lead in Phoenix Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Seau, Bettis, Brown, Haley, Shields voted into Hall of Fame

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Rodgers wins MVP, Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Lydia Ko takes No. 1 spot at 17, Na Yeon Choi wins opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

On the money: Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Small talk: NFL players find second careers as entrepreneurs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

Recalls this week: space heaters, orbital sanders

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Sumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering $360M

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Review: Open e-book format comes with headaches

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
.

Obituaries

Flora Mae Brooks

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Otilia (Tela) Quinn

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Lester Singer

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
WillIiam “Bill” Hunter

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Garry A. Britton

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Anthony Neal Hunley

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Frank Z. Perez

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Joe Lambert Robinson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

.

Comics