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‘Help for the Homeless’ Hygiene Drive Kicks off Feb. 17!

February 06, 2019
89 Local Crisis Agencies to Benefit from Hygiene & Cleaning Product Donations 
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.
Donate at: Festival Foods, Shopko Stores, and Walgreens through March 10.
Co-Sponsored in NE & EC Wisc. by Fox 11 WLUK, Festival Foods, Fox Communities Credit Union, McCain Foods, The Shopko Foundation, Allcox and Associates; also supported by U.S. Venture Schmidt Family Foundation
Sponsored in Central Wisc. by Buska and Buska Insurance, Century 21 Gold Key Inc., The Shopko Foundation, and also supported by U.S. Venture Schmidt Family Foundation.

PARTICIPATING AGENCIES:
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 Runaway Youth Svcs, COTS, Harbor House, LEAVEN, Menasha Joint School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, Mother & Unborn Baby Care, Partnership Community Health Ed. Cntr, Pillars: Adult/Adult & Family Shltrs, Housing Solutions, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, Salvation Army Fox Cities, SOAR Fox Cities CHILTON/CALUMET CNTY: Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul FOND DU LAC: ADVOCAP, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, The Salvation Army, Solutions Cntr GREEN BAY/BROWN CNTY: Brown Cnty Human Svcs. Child Protective Svcs, Family Services Crisis Cntr/Open Door Youth Svcs, Family Services Trans. Living Prgm, Freedom House, Golden House, Green Bay Area Schools McKinney Vento Prgm, House of Hope, Howe Resource Cntr, NEWCAP-Permanent Supportive Housing, NEWCAP-Family  & Youth Housing, St John the Evangelist Homeless Shltr, St Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army Basic Needs, The Salvation Army/Ecumenical P’ship for Housing (EPH) Trans. Housing Prgm, Wellspring MANITOWOC:  Hope House, Lutheran Social Services Runaway & Youth Svcs, InCourage Domestic Violence Shltr, The Salvation Army, The Haven of Manitowoc Cnty, Tee Box Trans. Sober Living, Lakeshore CAP Supportive Housing Prgm, Painting Pathways Clubhouse, Southfield Neighborhood Network Learning Cntr, The Crossing NEW LONDON: The  Salvation Army    OCONTO/MARINETTE: NEWCAP Marinette (Community Access & Housing), NEWCAP Oconto (Community Access & Housing), Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Svcs (Oconto & Marinette) OSHKOSH: ADVOCAP, Christine Ann, Day by Day Warming Shltr., Father Carr’s Place 2B, Forward Service Corp., The Salvation Army SEYMOUR: Community 2000,  Seymour Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul SHEBOYGAN: Lutheran Social Services – Runaway & Youth Services (RAYS), Lakeshore CAP, Safe Harbor, The Salvation Army, Sheboygan County Interfaith Org. Bridgeway (SCIO), St Vincent de Paul – Plymouth, Catholic Charities      

Central Wisconsin: ANTIGO: Avail Inc., MARATHON COUNTY/WAUSAU: The Neighbors' Place, Community Corner Clubhouse, The Open Door Of Marathon Cnty, Community Cntr of Hope, The Salvation Army of Marathon Cnty, MARSHFIELD:  St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, The Hannah Cntr, Mary's Place Boarding House, Shirley's House of Hope, PDC Orenda Center STEVENS POINT: Evergreen Community Initiatives - Place of Peace  WAUPACA: Agape Center, CAP Services, Foundations for Living Inc., WISCONSIN RAPIDS: The Family Center, (SWEPS) South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf.

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 Family’s mission is to broadcast the hope of Jesus Christ to strengthen and encourage listeners. The radio network has 10 signals and 4 stations in Wisconsin: 91.9FM WEMI Appleton/Oshkosh, 91.5FM WEMY Green Bay, 91.3FM WSTM Sheboygan, 88.5FM WGNV Wausau/Stevens Point. For more information go to www.thefamily.net.