May 1, 2019
The simple ability to purchase lotion and deodorant is out of reach for many people experiencing homelessness or struggling to make ends meet. Ordinary items like shampoo or toothpaste can make a world of difference for someone interviewing for a job or getting their kids ready for school. That’s why Denver Human Services is asking you to be a giver and donate hygiene items through May 31 as part of our fifth annual Spring Showers Hygiene Drive.
"Community connections are vital to creating a better future for every Denver resident,” said Denver Human Services Executive Director Don Mares. “We feel strongly that all people should have access to items to care for their basic human needs. Those who give – and we hope that’s you – are investing in a supported and connected future for every child, adult, and senior in our community.”
Denver Human Services is aiming to collect 2,500 gallons of hygiene items that will be distributed to the more than 7,500 people who visit the Denver Human Services GIVE Denver Center each year. People who visit the GIVE Center are our neighbors, family, and friends. They come from all walks of life and all areas of the city. Customers receive emergency resources, including hygiene items, diapers, and infant formula, as well as community-based service referrals for food, clothing, utility assistance and shelter, regardless of their participation with other Denver Human Services programs.
Donors may drop off items at one of the more than 150 donation bins in the community or may make a tax-deductible monetary donation. All monetary donations will be used to purchase hygiene supplies needed throughout the year.
In 2018, Denver residents donated hundreds of gallons of hygiene items, including essentials like diapers, socks, and bathroom tissue. The items most needed this year include deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, pull-ups (for adults and for children), baby diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, shaving cream, razors, facial tissues, hand sanitizer, tampons, maxi pads, and hair brushes/combs.
Donors may drop off their donations at any of the collection bin locations throughout Denver or at the GIVE Center on the first floor of the Denver Human Services Richard T. Castro Building at 1200 Federal Blvd. To make a monetary gift or an online, tax deductible donation to support the Spring Showers Hygiene Drive, visit www.denvergov.org/GIVE or call 720-944-4DHS (4347) and select option seven.