Help for the Homeless

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"Help for the Homeless" hygiene drive: February 22 - March 15, 2015

More than $1,336,000 worth of supplies stocked since 2008 - thank you!

"Growing up in extreme poverty, I was picked on by my peers for the way I smelled, and my ratty hair.  When my 5th grade teacher gave me a bag containing shampoo, conditioner and a stick of deodorant, I had to ask what the deodorant was for - I'd never seen any before.  The pride and joy I felt after that, at being able to raise my arms without smelling odor, was a tremendous boost to my confidence! (I still love keeping a variety of deodorants to choose from!)"  Elizabeth S., Social Work Grad Student    More stories and thank you notes 


The Family’s ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive works with area homeless coalitions to stock the shelves of 80+ homeless and crisis programs in 13 Wisconsin communities in our listening areas. The goal of Help for the Homeless is to supply a year’s worth of product to each agency (In many cases, this is happening!).  Donations remain in the communities where they are collected.


Appleton/Fox Cities, Berlin, Brillion, Chilton, Fond du Lac, Green Bay/Brown County, Manitowoc, Marshfield, Oconto/Marinette, Oshkosh, Rhinelander/Crandon/Antigo, Waupaca, and Wausau


Drop donations off at Festival Foods Stores, Shopko or Walgreens February 22 - March 15, OR, join more than 800 local businesses, churches, schools, and clubs who participate annually by placing collection boxes and posters in high traffic areas and inviting people to contribute. Print-ready fliers and blurbs to paste into newsletters/memos etc. are in the "Information Kit" below.

For more information or to sign up for a collection box contact Heidi at The Family at 800-236-9364 or email

Kit contains printable fliers, blurbs to cut and paste, lists, logos, news release etc.

Bring Donations To:

Festival Food Stores

  • Fox Cities area (Appleton, Neenah, Darboy)
  • Green Bay area (Green Bay East and West, De Pere, Suamico)
  • Oshkosh
  • Fond du Lac
  • Manitowoc
  • Marshfield
  • New London

Shopko Stores and Walgreens in participating communities

The Family Studios

Participating businesses, schools, churches and organizations

Complete list of the 2014 collection sites (2015 list coming Feb 1)

Most Urgent Needs:

  • Soaps: Laundry, Dish, Bar, Soft, Shower Gel, Shampoo
  • Diapers (sizes 3- and Pull-Ups)
  • Deodorant (unscented)
  • Wet Wipes for babies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Disposable Razors
  • Tampons
  • Full list of requested items

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors!



Thanks also to Menasha Corporation and Green Bay Packaging

for their donation of collection boxes!

Green Bay Packaging                                    Menasha Corporation


Requested items for donation. New, unopened items only. 

Cleaning Supplies

Laundry Soap
Dish Soap
Garbage Bags
Floor Cleaner
Disinfectant Cleaner
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Dryer Sheets
Dishwashing Gloves

Hair Care

Hair Brushes
Clips & Elastics
Styling Products - for all types of ethnicity
Little Girl Items


Toothbrushes (soft)
No Mouthwash Please - contains alchohol
Dental Floss
Denture Care

Paper Products

Toilet Tissue
Facial Tissue
Paper Towels
Feminine Care

Personal Care
Soft Soap
Bar Soap
Deodorant (unscented)
Shaving Cream
Nail Clippers
Cotton Balls
Contact Solution
Lip Balm


Baby Care

Diapers (sizes 3,4,5 & pull ups)
Baby Bottles
Sip Cups
Baby Lotion
Baby Shampoo
Rash Ointment

First Aid

Children’s Pain Meds
Band Aids
Rubbing Alcohol
Hydrogen Peroxide
Anti-Diarrhea Meds
Antibiotic Ointment
Cold Meds
Liquid Benadryl
Sun Screen
Treatment for Head Lice

Thank you for your Help for the Homeless!


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