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Health-Hygiene items again flow to homeless shelters
For a 20th year, the Milwaukee Area Labor Council and its members provided concrete help for the people and budgets of the area’s homeless shelters through its annual health and hygiene drive.
Leaders, rank-and-file and partners ran their own events or simply dropped off items for three months at the offices of the AFL-CIO Community Services liaisons or the MALC itself at 633 S. Hawley Rd.
There was also a special collection at the monthly delegate meetings at Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave. Public school children and their teachers also supported the campaign through their own supervised projects and collections. Gaps were filled by shopping at union stores with donations accepted by check through Labor Community@Work.
The campaign ended with a special press conference June 4 when products were distributed to homeless shelters from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee headquarters.
Suggested items included toothbrushes and toothpaste, non-alcohol mouthwash, razors, shaving cream, combs, brushes, deodorants, lip balm, baby products, paper products, laundry supplies, feminine products and first aid supplies.
The campaign saves two dozen homeless shelters from worrying about how to include such items in ever skimpier budgets.