When men and women come into either The Lighthouse’s men’s emergency shelter or women’s emergency shelter, they are often in the need of clothing and hygiene products like soap, deodorant, underwear and socks. While we get in a lot of clothes donations, we generally don’t receive underwear and sock donations (for the obvious reason that people toss them out when they wear out)
New underwear and hygiene products that make a big difference in how people see themselves and makes a difference as people take the steps to find employment, safe housing, and start to put their lives back together. When you only have the pair that you are wearing because you have lived on the streets or are fleeing domestic violence, your need is real and immediate.
While you are out and about this summer, we have men and women that would really appreciate it if you tossed a pack of underwear, socks, or some hygiene products (for men and women) into your cart and dropped them off at The Lighthouse. We give them out free of charge to those in the shelters and for those that don’t have the ability to budget (we help them but sometimes the need is urgent).
Personally when I am in Walmart or Costco, I pick up some white socks and toss them in the cart. It’s something that I have done for years when at The Salvation Army and now at The Lighthouse. Even if there isn’t an urgent need (like there is now), the need will come sooner rather than later.
If you can, pick something up and drop it off at 304 2nd Avenue South. It makes a big difference.