The City of Kaukauna will be collecting NEW hygiene and cleaning items for local crisis agencies through The Family Radio Network’s annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive from Feb. 18 – March 11. Please place your donations in the Help for the Homeless collection box located at Kaukauna Municipal Services Building at 144 W. Second Street by March 11. Supplying these items to local shelters will help them direct their limited funds to providing qualified staff, counseling, food and shelter to those they serve. Most urgently needed items are cleaning supplies, laundry soap, garbage bags, dental and hair care, baby diapers, paper products, and feminine care. Your donations will remain in this community. Note: Food Share (formerly Food Stamps) does not cover the cost of non-food items such as soap and diapers. Thank you! More info. at thefamily.net or 800-236-9364.
REQUESTED ITEMS (*Most needed)
Cleaning Supplies : Laundry Soap*, Dish Soap*, Trash Bags*** – all sizes – shelters go thru LOTS of trash bags!, Floor Cleaner*, Cleansers, Sponges, Disinfectant Cleaner*, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Dryer Sheets
Paper Products: Toilet Tissue*, Facial Tissue, Paper Towels*, Feminine Care*, Pads, Tampons.
Baby Care: Diapers & Pull-ups (sizes 4-6)*, Wipes*, Baby Bottles, Baby Shampoo, Rash Ointment.
Hair Care: Shampoo*, Conditioner, Hair Brushes, Combs, Clips & Elastics, Styling Products –for all types of ethnicities, Head Lice Treatment.”
Personal Care: Soft Soap*, Bar Soap, Deodorant* (Unscented preferred.), Razors*, Shaving Cream, Nail Clippers, Q-tips, Moisturizer/Lotions, Contact Solution, Lip Balm.
First Aid: Children’s Pain Meds, Pedialyte, Band Aids, Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Anti-Diarrheal Meds, Antacids, Antibiotic Ointment, Cold Meds, Liquid Benadryl, Sun Screen .
Dental Care: SOFT Toothbrushes for kids & adults*, Toothpaste for adults and kids*, Dental Floss, Denture Care, NO mouthwash please (contains alcohol).
The Family’s annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive is a grass roots, community-driven effort to supply a year’s worth of new hygiene and cleaning products to our local crisis programs so that they can dedicate their limited financial resources to providing qualified staff, education, counseling, shelter and food to those they serve. This year, 81 crisis programs in 15 communities will be participating.
What difference can a jug of laundry soap, bottle of shampoo, or stick of deodorant make?
“It is a bittersweet thing to see tears of gratitude for a bottle of shampoo and a stick of deodorant; like the homeless woman who whispered her thanks with great relief, saying she wouldn’t have to be embarrassed by the way she looked or smelled any more. It is a beautiful thing to see how a little bit of thoughtfulness and a couple of dollars can touch the heart of someone in need. Gestures of kindness for people who are hanging on, day-by-day, provide the measure of hope and self-respect that they need to keep going on.” – Angela Cheslock., Wellspring
“It’s not unusual for middle and high school students to miss school because they’re embarrassed about the way they look or smell. If they don’t have shampoo to wash their hair, or laundry soap to clean their clothes, they’re not going to fit in. The shampoo, laundry soap, and deodorant that you donate prevents children from being picked on for smelling bad or having dirty clothes, and helps them stay in school. Thank you!” – Kim Kleinhans, School Social Worker
“He had nothing. We were able to give him clothing, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving cream, razor and a hot lunch. He wanted to be prepared for job searching the next day. He was so happy, but most of all thankful – the tears in his eyes said it all…along with his very emotional thank you.’” – Karen VanderWielen, The Salvation Army