‘Help for the Homeless’ Hygiene Drive Seeks Collection Sites

Local Crisis Agencies to Benefit from Hygiene & Cleaning Product Donations

Published Friday, January 27, 2017

91.9/91.5 The Family: Sixty-seven crisis agencies in Northeast Wisconsin are partnering with 91.9/91.5 The Family Radio Network for their 25th annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive Feb. 19 – March 12.  Last spring 800 private locations throughout the Family’s listening areas collected “in-house” for the drive, donating $309,000 worth of products to their local crisis programs.


Businesses, churches, and schools are now being sought to participate this year by placing a collection box for their members, staff, or students in high traffic areas. Donations remain in the communities where they are collected. New cleaning and personal care items such as laundry soap, hair and dental care items, diapers, and bathroom tissue are needed. 


“First, she lost her health, then her job, her insurance, and then her home. Most of her money was going towards medications. She was living out of her car with no money for extras. When I gave her tampons, toothpaste, tooth brush, soap and shampoo, she began to cry - stating that she’ll no longer have to use toilet paper for feminine needs.” - Crystal G., Partnership Community Health Center


“They believed in me, and gave me food and space at the shelter to sleep. Not only that, but they also gave me soap, deodorant, a razor, and shampoo before my interview for the job that I desperately needed.  I would not be employed if not for their help and the services they provide.”  - Michael, Warming Shelter Client


The Family’s Help for the Homeless works directly with area homeless coalitions to stock the shelves of local homeless and crisis programs so that they can dedicate their limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, safe housing, nutritious food, education, and counseling to those they serve. The goal of Help for the Homeless is to supply a year’s worth of product to each agency.  Note: Hygiene and cleaning items are not covered by FoodShare (Food Stamps).


To request a collection box, call Heidi Prahl at 800-236-9364. Details, flyers, lists of requested items are at thefamily.net  


Sponsored by 91.9/91.5 The Family Radio Network with Festival Foods, Fox Communities Credit Union, The Shopko Foundation, and Fox 11 WLUK


Participating programs in Northeast Wisc: - APPLETON/FOX CITIES Appleton School Dist. Ed.of Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, ADVOCAP Homeless Prgrm, B.A.B.E.S. Child Abuse Prevention, Boys & Girls Clubs Fox Valley Runaway Outreach Prgm, COTS Transitional Shltrs, Fox Valley Warming Shltr, Harbor House, Homeless Connections, Housing Partnership, LEAVEN, Menasha Joint School Dist. Ed.of Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, Mother & Unborn Baby Care, The Mooring Prgm,  Partnership Community Health Cntr, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, The Salvation Army, BERLIN ADVOCAP Homeless Prgm, Berlin School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, Boys & Girls Club Tri-Cnty, Christine Ann, CHILTON The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul FOND DU LAC ADVOCAP Homeless Prgrm, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, The Salvation Army, Solutions Cntr GREEN BAY/BROWN CNTY Brown Cnty. Human Srvcs, Family Services Crisis Cntr / Open Door Youth Srvcs, 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, S.O.F.T., St John the Evangelist Homeless Shltr, The Salvation Army Basic Needs, The Salvation Army Transitional Living Prgm, Wellspring MANITOWOC Hope House, Lutheran Soc. Srvcs, Runaway & Youth Services R.A.Y.S., InCourage, The Haven of Manitowoc Cnty, The Salvation Army NEW LONDON B.A.B.E.S. Respite, The Salvation Army OCONTO/MARINETTE Forward Service Corp., NEWCAP Community Access & Housing, Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services (Oconto & Marinette) OSHKOSH ADVOCAP, Cerebral Palsy Mideast Wisc. Christine Ann, Day by Day Warming Shltr, Father Carr’s Place 2B, Forward Service Corp., The Salvation Army, Winnebago Cnty Human Services SEYMOUR Community 2000, Seymour Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army County Extension Unit

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