‘Help for the Homeless’ Hygiene Drive Kicks off Feb. 21!

82 Local Crisis Agencies to Benefit from Hygiene & Cleaning Product Donations

Published Tuesday, February 16, 2016

APPLETON, GREEN BAY, WAUSAU/STEVENS POINT,  WI –91.9/91.5/88.5 The Family:  The Family radio networks’ 24TH annual ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive, Feb. 21 – March 13, will collect new toiletry and cleaning products for 82 Wisconsin crisis agencies in 14 Northeast and Central Wisconsin communities.  People are encouraged to donate hygiene items at Festival Foods, Shopko and Walgreens stores.  More than 800 area businesses, churches, and schools will be collecting internally from staff, members and students as well.

“About 75% of the homeless people that come here do not have ANY hygiene products. When they see that we are giving them their own ‘new’ deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, razors, etc., I can see the gratitude in their eyes. Most of them are shocked...some shed a tear. Many may take for having these items granted, but when you are homeless and get something new that lifts your self-esteem and improves your appearance for job interviews, it is priceless! Thank you for thinking of our homeless residents.” Transitional Home Manager

Help for the Homeless works together with area homeless coalitions and crisis programs to provide supplies such as laundry soap, hair and dental care items, deodorant, diapers, and other personal care and cleaning products so that the agencies can dedicate their limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, education, counseling, safe housing, and nutritious food to those they serve. Note: Food Share (formerly Food Stamps) can only be used to buy food – nothing else. Not soap, diapers or toothpaste.

Communities have donated $1.7 million dollars’ worth of hygiene items to their local crisis programs through The Family’s Help for the Homeless hygiene drive since 2008. The goal of the drive is to supply a year’s worth of products to each agency. Donations remain in the communities where they’re collected.  

Sponsored in NE Wisc. by: 91.9/91.5 The Family with FOX 11 WLUK, The Shopko Foundation, Festival Foods, Thrivent Financial, and Fox Communities Credit Union.  Sponsored in Central Wisc. by: 88.5 The Family with Fox 11 WZAW, The Shopko Foundation, Buska and Buska Insurance, Century 21 Gold Key Realty, and Biolife Plasma Services.

PARTICIPATING AGENCIES:

- Northeast Wisconsin - APPLETON/FOX CITIES  Appleton Area School Dist.Education of Homeless Children &Youth Prgm, ADVOCAP, B.A.B.E.S. Appleton, Boys & Girls Clubs Fox Valley Runaway Outreach Prgm, COTS Transitional Shltrs, Fox Valley Warming Shltr, Harbor House, Homeless Connections, Housing Partnership, LEAVEN, Mother & Unborn Baby Care, Partnership Community Health Cntr, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, Salvation Army Fox Cities, CHILTON Salvation Army FOND DU LAC ADVOCAP, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, Salvation Army, Solutions Cntr GREEN BAY Family Services Crisis Cntr / Open Door Youth Services,  Family Services Trans. Living Prgm, Forward Service Corp. Supportive Housing Prgm, Freedom House, Golden House, Green Bay Area Schools McKinney Vento Prgm, House of Hope,  Salvation Army Emerg. Services, Salvation Army Basic Needs, Salvation Army Transitional Living Program, St John the Evangelist Homeless Shltr, St Vincent De Paul Homes MANITOWOC Hope House, Lakeshore CAP  Community Action, Luth. Social Services Runaway & Youth Services (R.A.Y.S), Manitowoc Cnty Domestic Violence Cntr, Salvation Army, The Haven of Manitowoc Cnty, NEW LONDON: B.A.B.E.S. Respite,  Salvation Army OCONTO/MARINETTE Forward Service Corp., NEWCAP Marinette (Community Access & Housing), NEWCAP Oconto (Community Access & Housing), Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services (Oconto & Marinette) OSHKOSH ADVOCAP, Cerebral Palsy Mideast Wisc. Christine Ann, Father Carr’s Place 2B, Forward Service Corp., Salvation Army, Winnebago Cnty Human Services SEYMOUR: Community 2000, St. Vincent de Paul

- Central Wisconsin: MARSHFIELD Mary’s Place Boarding House, Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter, St. Vincent De Paul, The Hannah Center RHINELANDER & N. CNTRL WISC Avail Inc., Forward Service Corp., Midwest Indian Mission Inc., Northwoods Alliance for Temp.Housing Inc., Personal Essentials Pantry, Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, The Northwoods Share Needs Ministry Pantry, Sunshine for Humanity, Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault STEVENS POINT: First Choice Pregnancy Cntr., Evergreen Community Initiatives WAUPACA CAP Services, Foundations for Living Inc., Waupaca Pregnancy Information Cntr WAUSAU The Neighbors’ Place, Community Cntr of Hope, Community Corner Clubhouse, Randlin Homes, The Salvation Army of Marathon County, The Open Door of Marathon Cnty  WISCONSIN RAPIDS: (SWEPS) South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf, First Choice Pregnancy Cntr. 

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