Donate clothing and toiletries for Milwaukee’s Inner City

St. Francis Borgia has ongoing collections for clothing and toiletry items as described below. Volunteers from our parish Inner City Ministry regularly deliver your donations to Milwaukee for those in need.

Drop-off site

We have a drop-off site here on the North Church campus for your clothing and toiletries donations. The Inner City Ministry shed is located on the Covered Bridge Road (east) side of the parking lot. It is open 24/7 for your convenience. Please don’t bring your items into church.

Clothing

Do you have gently-used clothing that you’d like to share with shelters in Milwaukee’s inner city? Please pack your donated clothing in bags labeled for men, women or children, and drop them off at the Inner City Ministry Shed. (See “Drop-Off Site” information above.) They will be delivered to Repairers of the Breach, House of Peace, and McCannon Brown Homeless Sanctuary in Milwaukee – wherever there is need.

Toiletries

Our parish has an ongoing collection for toiletry items to be shared with inner city residents who seek assistance at the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary (MBHS) in Milwaukee. This shelter provides services in the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee, especially within the 53206 ZIP code, which is the most impoverished neighborhood in Milwaukee.

Small or medium sizes are preferred (NOT samples/motel sizes and no giant “warehouse” sizes).  Please, no open packages. Needs include:

  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner (NOT samples/motel sizes)
  • Toothbrushes (individually packaged, or no more than 2-3 per package)
  • Toothpaste, dental floss
  • Alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Wide-tooth combs, African American hair products
  • Vaseline, hand and body lotions
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Band-Aids, antiseptic cream
  • Lip balm / Chapstick
  • Cotton swabs / Q-tips
  • Disposable razors
  • Nail clippers
  • Female sanitary products
  • Baby diapers (all sizes), baby wipes

Be sure your toiletries bag or box is labeled “MBHS” so that the items go to McCannon Brown Homeless Sanctuary. Drop them off at the Inner City Ministry Shed. (See “Drop-off Site” above for where to take your items.)

Other Needs

Periodically, the parish publicizes more specific Inner City Ministry needs, focusing on the most urgent needs for a particular time. These focused solicitations will be listed separately on the Volunteer/Share page.