‘Help for the Homeless’ Hygiene Drive Seeks Collection Sites

Local Crisis Agencies to Benefit from Hygiene & Cleaning Product Donations

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eighty-two crisis programs in the Family Radio Networks listening areas will soon be benefitting from The Family’s 26th annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive Feb. 18– March 11.  Last spring 820 businesses, churches and schools collected and donated $377,000 worth of hygiene products to their local crisis programs.


Businesses, churches, schools are now being sought to place a collection box in their high traffic areas for their own members, staff, or students to fill. Donations will remain in the community where they are collected. Cleaning and personal care items such as laundry soap, hair and dental care items, diapers, and bathroom tissue are needed.


“He had nothing. We were able to give him clothing, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving cream, razor and a hot lunch. He wanted to be prepared for job searching the next day. He was so happy, but most of all thankful – the tears in his eyes said it all…along with his very emotional ‘thank you.’” - The Salvation Army


The Family’s Help for the Homeless works directly with 15 community homeless coalitions to stock the shelves of local crisis programs so that they can dedicate their limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, education, counseling, shelter and food to those they serve.  NOTE: Hygiene and cleaning items are not covered by FoodShare (Food Stamps). The goal of Help for the Homeless is to supply a year’s worth of product to each agency.


To request a collection box, call Heidi Prahl at 800-236-9364.  More info at thefamily.net.


Co-Sponsored in NE & EC Wisc. By: Fox 11 WLUK, Festival Foods, Fox Communities Credit Union, McCain Foods, The Shopko Foundation, Allcox and Associates, and also supported by U.S. Venture Schmidt Family Foundation


Co-Sponsored in Central Wisc. By: Buska and Buska Insurance, Century 21 Gold Key Inc., The Shopko Foundation, McCain Foods and also supported by U.S. Venture Schmidt Family Foundation



Northeast Wisconsin - APPLETON/FOX CITIES: Appleton Area School Dist. Education of Homeless Children &Youth Prgm, ADVOCAP Homeless Prgm, Apricity! (formerly STEP Industries/Mooring Prgms) B.A.B.E.S. Inc. Child Abuse Prevention, Boys & Girls Clubs Fox Valley Runaway & Youth Services (RAYS), COTS Transitional Shltrs, Fox Valley Warming Shltr, Harbor House, Homeless Connections, The Housing Partnership, LEAVEN, Menasha Joint School Dist. Homeless Children &Youth Prgm,, Mother & Unborn Baby Care, Partnership Community Health Cntr, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, The Salvation Army Fox Cities, CHILTON: Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul FOND DU LAC: ADVOCAP, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, The Salvation Army, Solutions CntrGREEN BAY: Brown Cnty. Human Services – Child Protection Services, Family Services Crisis Cntr / Open Door Youth Services,  Family Services Trans. Living Prgm, Freedom House, Golden House, Green Bay Area School Dist. McKinney Vento Prgm, House of Hope, NEWCAP The Salvation Army EPH Transitional Living Prgm, The Salvation Army Basic Needs, St John the Evangelist Homeless Shltr, St Vincent De Paul Homes, Transformation House, Wellspring (LSS) MANITOWOC: Hope House, InCourage Domestic Violence Cntr., Lutheran Social Services Runaway & Youth Services (R.A.Y.S), Men’s & Women’s TeeBox Transitional Living Home, The Haven of Manitowoc Cnty, The Salvation Army NEW LONDON: The  Salvation Army OCONTO/MARINETTE: NEWCAP Marinette (Community Access & Housing), NEWCAP Oconto (Community Access & Housing), Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services (Oconto & Marinette) OSHKOSH: ADVOCAP, Christine Ann, Day by Day Warming Shltr., Father Carr’s Place 2B, Forward Service Corp., The Salvation Army, SEYMOUR: Community 2000, St. Vincent de Paul SHEBOYGAN: Lutheran Social Services – Runaway & Youth Services (RAYS),

Lakeshore CAP, Safe Harbor, The Salvation Army, Sheboygan County Interfaith Org. – Bridgeway (SCIO), St Vincent de Paul – Plymouth


Central Wisconsin: ANTIGO: Avail Inc., MARSHFIELD Mary’s Place Boarding House, St. Vincent De Paul, The Hannah Center STEVENS POINT: Evergreen Community Initiatives WAUPACA: Agape Center, CAP Services, Foundations for Living Inc. WAUSAU: The Neighbors’ Place, Community Center of Hope, Community Corner Clubhouse, The Open Door of Marathon County, The Salvation Army of Marathon County, WISCONSIN RAPIDS: (SWEPS) South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf, The Family Center