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‘Help for the Homeless’ Hygiene Drive Kicks off Feb. 12!

100+ Local Crisis Agencies to Benefit from Hygiene & Cleaning Product Donations

The Family Radio Networks’ 31st annual Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive, Feb. 12 – March 5, will be collecting personal hygiene and cleaning products for 100 Wisconsin crisis agencies in 19 Wisconsin communities.

More than 900 area businesses, churches, and schools participate annually, hosting collection boxes in-house and donating more than $500,000 worth of supplies to their local crisis programs. All donations, including financial support, remain in the communities where they come from.

“When someone comes to us in the middle of the night with nothing but hope for a better life, our welcome basket filled with ‘Help for the Homeless’ toiletries and a few basic items means a lot.” – Shelter Director

“Children’s eyes light up and mothers have been brought to tears when I give them shampoo and toothbrushes, an extra deodorant for gym class, laundry soap to wash their clothes, cleaning supplies, feminine products, and toilet paper. A care package of hygiene and cleaning supplies is technically ‘just things in bag’, but to a family experiencing homelessness, it’s tangible proof that people care about them, they are worthy, and that they matter.” – School Social Worker

“At 18 I have ‘aged out’ of foster care. I’m homeless and have nothing.  Being able to have shampoo, soap, a razor to shave with, and deodorant helps me to feel better about myself and feel sorta normal.” – Warming Shelter Guest

The Family Radio Network partners with area homeless coalitions and crisis programs by inviting participating communities to donate needed hygiene items for their local agencies through the Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive. 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: WIC and Food Share (formerly Food Stamps) can only be used to buy food – nothing else. Not soap, diapers or toothpaste.

The goal of the drive is to supply a year’s worth of products to each agency. $4.8 million dollars’ worth of hygiene items have been donated through the event to date.  Visit TheFamily.net for more information or call 800-236-9364 to request a collection box.

Donate Supplies at: Festival Foods and Walgreens (as well as work, church, or school) or make a financial donation securely on-line at TheFamily.net February 12 – March 5.

Sponsored in East and Northeast Wisc. by Festival Foods Stores, Fox Communities Credit Union, Expert Real Estate Partners, Allcox and Associates, McCain Foods, US Venture Schmidt Family Foundation, DigiCOPY, and Fox 11 WLUK

Sponsored in Central and West Central Wisc. by Festival Foods Stores, Buska and Buska Insurance, Brokaw Credit Union, DigiCOPY, and WQOW News 18

 

PARTICIPATING AGENCIES:

East and Northeast Wisconsin – APPLETON/FOX CITIES: Appleton Area School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, ADVOCAP Housing Prgm, Apricity, B.A.B.E.S., Inc. Child Abuse Prevention Prgm, Boys & Girls Clubs Home Base, COTS, Hortonville Area School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, LEAVEN, Menasha Joint School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, Mission of Hope, Partnership Community Health Ed. Cntr, Pillars, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, Salvation Army Fox Cities and New London, SOAR Fox Cities, St Vincent de Paul Neenah, VIDA CHILTON/CALUMET CNTY: Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Hilbert, St. Vincent de Paul New Holstein  CLINTONVILLE: Compassionate Connections Cntr FOND DU LAC: ADVOCAP, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, Solutions Cntr, The Salvation Army, GREEN BAY/BROWN CNTY:   Brown Cnty Human Services,

Ecumenical Partnership for Housing,  Freedom House, Golden House, Green Bay Area Schools McKinney Vento Prgm. Green Bay Community Church’s Giving Tree Pantry, House of Hope, Howe Resource Center, Integrated Community Solutions, Newcap CABA Shltr, Newcap Cntr for Youth, Newcap Coordinated Entry/Street Outreach, Newcap Permanent Supportive Housing Brown County, Newcap Youth Rapid ReHousing, St. John’s Daytime Resource Cntrs. The Salvation Army Basic Needs, The Salvation Army Pathway of Hope, Wise Women Gathering Place MANITOWOC: Hope House, InCourage Domestic Violence Shltr, Lakeshore CAP, Lotus Recovery Homes, Lighthouse Recovery Center, MPSD Stangel Boutique, Painting Pathways Clubhouse, The Crossing, The Haven of Manitowoc Cnty, The Production Farm, The Salvation Army, UWGB Manitowoc Student Services OCONTO/MARINETTE: NEWCAP Marinette (Community Access & Housing), NEWCAP Oconto (Community Access & Housing), St Joseph SSVdP Conf. OSHKOSH: ADVOCAP, COTS Inc., Father Carr’s Place 2B, The Salvation Army SEYMOUR: Community 2000,  St. Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army Outagamie Cnty Ext., SHEBOYGAN: Catholic Charities, Lakeshore CAP, Love INC, Safe Harbor, Sheboygan Cnty Interfaith (SCIO), Sheboygan Cnty Warming Shltr, St. Vincent de Paul, The Production Farm, The Salvation Army

 

Central and West Central Wisconsin: ANTIGO: Avail Inc., CHIPPEWA FALLS: Family Support Cntr, LE Phillips CDC Outreach EAU CLAIRE: Bolton Refuge House, Hope Gospel Mission MARATHON COUNTY/WAUSAU: Hagar House, Peyton’s Promise, The Open Door of Marathon Cnty, The Salvation Army of Marathon Cnty, MARSHFIELD:  PDC Orenda Cntr., Shirley’s House of Hope, St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, The Hannah Cntr,  MENOMONIE: The Bridge to Hope  STEVENS POINT: Evergreen Comm. Initiatives WAUPACA: Agape Help Center, CAP Services, Foundations for Living Inc., WISCONSIN RAPIDS: FOCUS Food Pantry (SWEPS), The Family Cntr

 

About The Family: The Family Radio Network, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing contemporary Christian music and programming, as well as community outreach support to Central, West Central, East and Northeast Wisconsin since 1969. The radio network has 11 signals and 5 stations in Wisconsin: 91.9FM WEMI Appleton/Oshkosh, 91.5FM WEMY Green Bay, 91.3FM WSTM Sheboygan, 88.5FM WGNV Wausau/Stevens Point, 99.9 FM Eau Claire. For more information go to www.thefamily.net.