Appleton, Green Bay, Wausau/Stevens Point, Sheboygan WI –91.9/91.5/91.3/88.5FM The Family: The Family Radio Networks’ 27TH annual ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive, Feb. 17 – March 10, is collecting new toiletry and cleaning products for 89 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 900 area businesses, churches, and schools are participating by collecting internally from staff, members and students.
“Jacob*, a homeless student, told me ‘I stay on couches, in basements; last week I slept on 2 kitchen chairs pushed together. Sometimes I don’t get much sleep. Having my own soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothbrush helps me feel better, ready for school…human again. I hardly have anything of my own, so having these things helps me feel more self-sufficient… like less of a leech’” – Elizabeth Webb, Green Bay Public Schools (School social workers are encouraged to keep the products donated at their schools to stock their own “care” closets for students in need.) *Not his real name.
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. 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.