'Help for the Homeless' Hygiene Drive Kicks Off Feb. 18!

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

Published Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Family Radio Networks’ 26TH annual ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive, Feb. 18 – March 11, is collecting new toiletry and cleaning products for 84 Wisconsin crisis agencies in 15 Northeast and Central Wisconsin communities.  People are encouraged to donate hygiene items at Festival Foods, Shopko Stores, and Walgreens. Donations remain in communities where they are collected. More than 800 area businesses, churches, and schools are participating by collecting internally from staff, members and students.

 “It is a bittersweet thing to see tears of gratitude for a bottle of shampoo and a stick of deodorant; like the homeless woman who whispered her thanks with great relief, saying she wouldn’t have to be embarrassed by the way she looked or smelled any more.  It is a beautiful thing to see how a little bit of thoughtfulness and a couple of dollars can touch the heart of someone in need. Gestures of kindness for people who are hanging on, day-by-day, provide the measure of hope and self-respect that they need to keep going on.”  - Angela C., LSS Wellspring

The Family Radio Network partners with area homeless coalitions and crisis programs by inviting the community to donate needed hygiene items for their local agencies through “Help for the Homeless.” Supplying the crisis programs with laundry soap, hair and dental care items, deodorant, diapers, and other personal care and cleaning products makes it possible for them to 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. To request a collection box, call Heidi Prahl at 800-236-9364.  More info at thefamily.net.

The goal of the drive is to supply a year’s worth of products to each agency. The event serves an estimated 77,000 crisis program guests and clients annually with yearly product donations averaging $350,000 in value. Nearly $3 million dollars’ worth of hygiene items have been donated through the event to date. More at TheFamily.net or call 800-236-9364.

Donate at Festival Foods, Shopko Stores, and Walgreens through March 11.

 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

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

 PARTICIPATING AGENCIES:

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 Food Pantry, The Salvation Army Warming Shelter, Solutions Cntr GREEN 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: MARSHFIELD Mary’s Place Boarding House, St. Vincent De Paul, The Hannah Center ANTIGO: Avail Inc., 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

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