The Monthly Wish: April 2021
By: Maureen Atwell, Executive Director on Apr 1, 2021
Your generosity powers our mission, so we’re making sure we use your gifts wisely. Here’s a wish-list of items for our shelters, updated monthly so you can see what we need most and where you can make the biggest impact.
Happy Spring, and welcome to April! As we greet the new season, we want our shelters to be beautiful for our guests. People experiencing homelessness may be facing the darkest time of their life, but being surrounded by healthy gardens can bring a sense of renewal and hope. Do you have flowers, garden pots, and/or gardening skills to give? Contact Katlin at 262-522-1418 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help brighten someone’s life.
Along less glamorous lines, we’ve added “toilet bowl cleaner” to our list of always-needed items. So elegant! This month, we also need unused sweatpants for men, and we heard from our Siena House men that they really need belts. It seems like a very specific item, but their clothing is generally second-hand, and they have a hard time finding pants that fit, especially work or dress pants. And finally, for reasons unknown, microwavable ramen noodles have become the most popular item in our shelters right now. Here’s the full list of what we need:
We have an urgent and ongoing need for these items
Toilet paper, paper towels
30-gallon garbage bags
Coffee, creamer, sugar in small bags
Dishwasher pods, laundry pods, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, mop solution, toilet bowl cleaner
We especially need these items in April
Flower pots, flowers, and gardening supplies
Unused shower curtain liners
Unused men's sweatpants
Microwavable ramen noodles
Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee
Brooms, mops, vacuum cleaners
Major impact items we need
Unused large freezers (we currently need 4)
Unused refrigerator with freezer (we currently need 2)
Unused dishwasher (we need 2)
Unused garbage disposer (1)
We don’t need any of these items right now
Clothing, other than those listed above
Items we unfortunately cannot ever accept
Food that is expired or within 2 weeks of expiring
Items that need to be picked up
We are so grateful for all of our friends and supporters who make our shelters a better place for our guests!
Your kindness changes lives. Please consider donating a one-time or monthly gift.