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Help for the Homeless/Fines Amnesty

The library is happy to support the Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive February 23-March 14, 2015. This is our 5th year supporting this fabulous cause. What's it all about?

Help for the Homeless collects NEW hygiene and cleaning items for local homeless and crisis programs through 91.9/91/5 The Family's annual drive. All donations go to local shelters and will help them direct their limited funds to providing qualified staff, counseling, food and shelter to those they serve. Most urgently needed items are laundry soap, garbage bags, dental and hair care, diapers, tissue, and feminine care. You can bring your donations to many local agencies and businesses, including the drop box at the library.

Financial donations are also accepted. Make checks out to "The Family" and include "Help for the Homeless" on the memo line. Gift cards will be purchased for the agencies and the people they serve, and funds stay in the community where the check comes from.

Here are some notes about how Help for the Homeless has affected lives in the Fox Cities:

“Growing up in extreme poverty, I was picked on for the way I smelled, and for my ratty hair. When my 5th grade teacher gave me a bag containing shampoo, conditioner and a stick of deodorant, I had to ask what the deodorant was for - I'd never seen any before. The pride and joy I felt after that, at being able to raise my arms without smelling anything, was a tremendous boost to my confidence! (I still love keeping a variety of deodorants to choose from!)”
Elizabeth S., Social Work Grad. Student, Green Bay

“People come to us when they have nowhere else to turn for help. They’re often at the lowest point in their lives, and report feeling scared, depressed, embarrassed and inadequate. They have been reduced to tears when presented with shampoo, diapers, deodorant or other items that we so often take for granted. The generous response to the Help for the Homeless campaign shows our community’s capacity to care and share.”
Mary Parsons, Exec. Director LEAVEN

Here is a thank you from COTS, one of the Fox Cities agencies that will be helped by the drive.

To encourage you further, the library is offering a Fines Amnesty period during the hygiene drive. For each item donated, you will receive $1 off your library fines. This will only apply to fines, not bills for damaged or lost materials.

Please consider donating generously and help those in need in your community!

Help for the Homeless

For the 5th year in a row, Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library is participating in a drive to collect new hygiene items for Help for the Homeless. And to inspire you to donate to this worthy cause, we are offering a Fines Amnesty period for the length of the drive, March 3-30, 2014. Receive $1 off your library fines for every item you donate to Help for the Homeless during this period. (Your donation is not applicable toward fees for damaged or lost materials or bills.) All donations go to support agencies working with the homeless in the Fox Cities. Here's an example of how your donations can change lives:

"Our clientele often have been couch hopping and/or have not had a stable place of their own for quite some time. The support we get through this drive allows us to offer our residents and their children the items they need, like diapers, wipes, toothbrushes and shampoo. These simple provisions, that we often take for granted, allow us to help our residents reach larger goals like employment, education and parenting. 'When I came to the House of Hope, I had nothing but the clothes on my back. I was immediately provided the hygiene products I needed and I really appreciated how comfortable it made me feel to know I didn’t have to worry about these things and I had everything I needed.
From a House of Hope Program Resident -Carrie Schatzman, House of Hope Program Manager

Most urgent needs include:Help for the Homeless helpers

  • Soaps: Laundry, Dish, Bar, Soft, Shower Gel, Shampoo
  • Diapers (sizes 3- and Pull-Ups)
  • Deodorant (unscented)
  • Wet Wipes for babies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Disposable Razors
  • Tampons

Even if you don't need to take advantage of the Fines Amnesty period, please consider bringing your donation to Help for the Homeless to the library today. Donation boxes are placed at the entries to both library locations. Thanks in advance for supporting those in need in your community!

Thank You, Cheesefest!

The library is blessed to have wonderful community support through a strong network of faithful volunteers to financial donations that make special projects possible.

The Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival has provided generous support for the library for several years now, and with their help we have been able to focus our early literacy efforts into the creation of a very successful 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. We were thrilled this past Fall when they again chose to honor the library with a grant that enabled us to purchase new books to enhance our early literacy collections at the Gerard H. Van Hoof Library in Little Chute. It has been exciting to see the new materials coming in and being put into the hands of eager young readers and their families.

new books with a thank you Cheesefest sign

Stop by the library to see the display of materials purchased with this grant, check some titles out for your family, and thank those who serve or work each year at the Cheese Festival for making this dream possible.

Community Support is Appreciated

Each year, as we prepare for the Summer Reading Program, we invite community businesses and civic groups to make a donation to support the program. The funds received help pay for the fabulous performers who fill our program days in the middle of each week, purchase books & grand prizes given as incentives for children who are reaching their weekly reading goals, and other expenses to support the costs of the program.

Without the support of the community, our Summer Reading Program would simply not be possible. Contributing organizations have our profuse thanks for continuing their support of reading, literacy, and lifelong learning. We're off to a good start this year with donations slowing accumulating. At the time of this writing, we have received contributions from the following agencies:

  • American Legion Jacob Coppus Post No. 258
  • BLC Community Bank
  • Kimberly Area Soccer Association
  • Kiwanis Club of Little Chute
  • TOPS WI 727 Kimberly
  • TOPS WI 875 Kimberly

In-kind donations have also been received from:

  • Kimberly Parks & Rec
  • The Learning Shop
  • Little Chute Parks & Rec
  • Village Limits Supper Club
  • Alexis Ludewig

THANK YOU!! to all of our supporters. We are grateful, and we look forward to another exciting summer!