FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2021
Donor & Community Relations 800-236-9364
‘Help for the Homeless’ Hygiene Drive Kicks off Feb. 14!
87 Local Crisis Agencies to Benefit from Hygiene & Cleaning Product Donations
Appleton, Green Bay, Wausau/Stevens Point, Sheboygan, Eau Claire WI – 91.9/91.5/91.3/88.5/99.9FM The Family: The Family Radio Networks’ 29TH annual ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive, Feb. 14 – March 7, is collecting personal hygiene and cleaning products for 87 Wisconsin crisis agencies in 18 East, Northeast, and Central Wisconsin communities.
People are encouraged to donate these supplies at work, church or school or at public collection sites, Festival Foods and Walgreens. Financial donations may be made securely online at TheFamily.net. Annually, more than 900 area businesses, churches, and schools participate by hosting collection boxes. Donations of supplies and financial support will be used in the community where they come from.
“After losing her job due to COVID, she’d been sick for a month and was still suffering acute sinus pain and hearing loss. Her eyes lit up when she saw the laundry detergent, saying ‘Thank you! I haven’t been able afford laundry soap, so we’ve been using dish soap to clean our clothes.’ She also was thrilled to get deodorant for herself and her teen daughter because they’d been scraping the inside of their tube to make it last. In spite of her poor health, she’ll start a new job this week, ‘Because it’s what I have to do.’ – The Salvation Army
“Seeing the look of gratitude on parent’s faces when I hand them laundry detergent and toilet paper, and the eyes of a child light up as they get their very own new toothbrush; these are beautiful reminders of how our community steps up to help these most vulnerable families with generosity and kindness.” – School Social Worker
“A young man came to us who’d been living at the bus station. Obviously, he hadn’t showered, had a chance to brush his teeth or even shave. And the dignity he got back – to actually be able to clean himself up – to shave, to brush his teeth…he got emotional. The impact is, when you feel better about yourself, you’re able to make better choices. It’s those little things that can change the entire trajectory of a life.” – Men’s Shelter
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, contact Heidi Prahl at 800-236-9364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the drive is to supply a year’s worth of products to each agency. $3.7 million dollars’ worth of hygiene items have been donated through the event to date. More at TheFamily.net or call 800-236-9364.
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 14 – March 7.
Sponsored in Northeast & East Central Wisc. by Festival Foods Stores, Fox Communities Credit Union, McCain Foods, US Venture Schmidt Family Foundation, Allcox and Associates, and Fox 11 WLUK.
Sponsored in Central Wisc. by Buska and Buska Insurance, Century 21 Gold Key Inc., Brokaw Credit Union, and Festival Foods Stores.
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, Vida, Partnership Community Health Ed.
Cntr, Pillars, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, Salvation Army Fox Cities, St Vincent de Paul Neenah, SOAR Fox Cities, VIDA CHILTON/CALUMET CNTY: Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul FOND DU LAC: ADVOCAP, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, Solutions Cntr, The Salvation Army, GREEN BAY/BROWN CNTY: Brown Cnty Human Svcs. Child Protective Svcs, Family Services Crisis Cntr/Open Door Youth Svcs, Family Services Housing Services, Freedom House, Golden House, Green Bay Area Schools Homeless Children & Youth Prgm,, Green Bay Community Church Circles and The Giving Tree, House of Hope, Howe Resource Cntr, NEWCAP (Permanent Supportive Housing, Family/Youth Rapid ReHousing, EHH, Motel Vouchers), St John the Evangelist Homeless Shltr, The Salvation Army Basic Needs, The Salvation Army/Ecumenical P’ship for Housing (EPH) Trans. Housing Prgm, Wellspring MANITOWOC: Core Treatment Srvcs, Hope House, InCourage Domestic Violence Shltr, Lakeshore CAP Supportive Housing Prgm, Lighthouse Recovery Comm Cntr, Painting Pathways Clubhouse, Southfield Neighborhood Network Learning Cntr, The Crossing, 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), OSHKOSH: ADVOCAP, Day by Day Warming Shltr., Father Carr’s Place 2B, The Salvation Army SEYMOUR: Community 2000, St. Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army Outagamie Cnty Ext., SHEBOYGAN: Catholic Charities, Foundations Runaway & Youth Services, Lakeshore CAP, Safe Harbor
Central Wisconsin: ANTIGO: Avail Inc., CHIPPEWA FALLS: Family Support Cntr, EAU CLAIRE: Apple Pregnancy Care Cntr, Bolton Refuge House, Hope Gospel Mission, MARATHON COUNTY/WAUSAU: Community Corner Clubhouse, Peyton’s Promise, The Neighbors’ Place, The Open Door of Marathon Cnty, The Salvation Army of Marathon Cnty, MARSHFIELD: Mary’s Place Boarding House, PDC Orenda Center, Shirley’s House of Hope, St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, The Hannah Cntr, MENOMONIE: The Bridge to Hope STEVENS POINT: Evergreen Community Initiatives – Place of Peace WAUPACA: Agape Center, CAP Services, Foundations for Living Inc., WISCONSIN RAPIDS: The Family Center, SWEPS
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 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, and 99.9 FM Eau Claire. For more information go to www.thefamily.net.