The Family's 'help the homeless hygiene drive' starts Feb. 19

WISCONSIN (WLUK) -- Feb. 19 marks the start of an opportunity for the community to help Northeast Wisconsin's homeless population by donating new items to The Family's "Help for the Homeless" hygiene drive.

According to their website, the goal of The Family's "Help for the Homeless" hygiene drive is to provide a year's worth of hygiene products to the shelves of 89 homeless and crisis programs in 15 Wisconsin communities. All donations stay within the community to help those in need.

People can donate much-needed items at Festival Foods, Shopko Stores, and Walgreens. More than 800 area businesses, churches and schools are also participating.

Some of the most needed items are listed below. To see the full list of needed items, click here.

  • Soaps: Laundry, Dish, Soft, Shower Gel, 2-in-1 Shampoo
  • Trash bags (shelters especially need these for bedrooms!)
  • Diapers (sizes 3-6 and Pull-Ups)
  • Deodorant (unscented)
  • Wet Wipes for babies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Disposable Razors
  • Tampons and pads (pads for young teens)

By supplying crisis programs with hygiene products, they are able to focus their limited financial resources toward providing quality housing, food, education, and counseling to those in need. Food Share (formerly known as Food Stamps) can only be used to buy food, excluding other important items such as soap and diapers.

The Family's "Help for the Homeless" hygiene drive has seen 2 million dollars worth of products since 2008.

Donations will be accepted through March 12.

FOX 11 is a sponsor of the drive and also a drop off location.

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