Help For The Homeless

The Family H4H general logo Save the Date! February 14 – March 7, 2021

Watch this short 2020 Fox Cities Sorting Day video!

“Many of our clients arrive afraid, depressed, and embarrassed to ask for help. They are very grateful for the personal care items we can offer them.  These donated supplies not only help them with their immediate needs, but they also demonstrate that our community cares about them.”  – LEAVEN  More Stories 2020


The Family’s annual ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive works with area homeless coalitions every spring to stock the shelves of 90+ homeless and crisis programs in 15 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!). In 2020, generous community members at 900+ businesses, churches, and schools hosted collection boxes and donated $428,000 worth of laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. to their local crisis programs. In its 28th year, the drive has provided more than $3.7 million dollars’ worth of hygiene supplies to local crisis programs and those they serve. Donations remain in the communities where they are collected. 


Appleton/Fox Cities, Antigo, Brown County/Green Bay, Chilton, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc/Two Rivers, Marathon County/Wausau, Marshfield, Oconto/Marinette, Oshkosh, Seymour, Sheboygan/Plymouth, Stevens Point, Waupaca, and Wisconsin Rapids.


YOU HAVE OPTIONS! Logistics of donating will change this year due to COVID-19, but the need is greater than ever. Our local agencies count on the event to support children, families, and community members in need!

  • February 14-March 7, drop donations off at Festival Foods or Walgreens Stores OR join more than 900+ local businesses, churches, and schools who participate annually, and…
  • A) HOST A COLLECTION BOX: place collection boxes and in common areas and invite staff, members, and students to contribute.
  • B) DON’T HOST A BOX, BUT STILL PARTICIPATE BY PROMOTING THE DRIVE VIRTUALLY IN-HOUSE!  If most people are off-site, then participate by encouraging them to donate supplies at local public collection sites or donate funds on-line.  A”Donate” button will be added to this page in February. Financial donations will be designated for the community where the gift comes from, and funds will be used to purchase gift cards to Walmart, Walgreens, or another local retailer of the agencies’ choice for purchasing hygiene supplies. 100% of donated funds go toward the event, The Family Radio keeps none of these funds.

Print-ready flyers and blurbs to paste into newsletters/memos etc. are in the “Information Kit” below.

For more information at The Family studios 800-236-9364 or email

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

H4H infokit



Donate at: Festival Foods & Walgreens Stores

The Family Studios, and participating businesses, schools, churches and organizations in participating communities


Urgent Needs:

  • 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)
  • Full List of Requested Items

 Thanks to these 2020 sponsors!

FestivalFoodsLogo200W Print



menasha-long-logo Thanks also to Menasha Corporation and Green Bay Packaging

for their generous donation of collection boxes!

Requested items for donation. New, unopened items only.

Cleaning Supplies

Laundry Soap
Dish Soap
Trash Bags (all sizes, shelters go thru lots!)
Floor Cleaner
Disinfectant Cleaner
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Dryer Sheets
Hair Care

Shampoo (for all ethnicities)
Conditioner (for all ethnicities)
Hair Brushes
Clips & Elastics
Styling Products – for all types of ethnicity
Little Girl Items


Toothbrushes (soft)
No Mouthwash Please – contains alcohol
Dental Floss
Denture Care

Paper Products

Toilet Tissue
Facial Tissue
Paper Towels
Feminine Care
Pads (young teens use these)

Personal Care
Soft Soap and Body Wash
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
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!

Hope For The Homeless

View stream on flickr

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