Annual Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive kicks off in Marathon Co.

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) --- The Family Radio Network's 27th annual 'help for the Homeless' Hygiene Drive is now underway, and you can help families in Marathon Co. by donating different personal care products.

Starting Sunday, the drive kicks off to collect hygiene items to be distributed to different Marathon Co. programs that help families in need.

Items that are being collected include cleaning supplies, feminine needs, toilet paper, diapers/baby care, hair care, deodorant, dental care, body lotion, laundry soap, kitchen trash bags, paper towels and face/bath soap.

The products are then distributed between the Salvation Army, Community Corner Clubhouse, Community Center of Hope, The Open Door of Marathon County and The Neighbors' Place.

"Food stamps do not allow you to purchase any hygiene items, and that is a really important item, so people that are on a limited income are really having a hard time getting those items. Just simple items such as toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, and those are really important items. We often find that our hygiene shelf is bare most of the time. When we do get items to fill it, those go very quickly," said Mallory McGivern, the volunteer and garden manager with The Neighbors' Place.

The hygiene drive goes until March 10, and donation boxes can be found at Shopko stores and Walgreens.