"These items that we take for granted like soap and toothpaste, can make a big difference in the life of a homeless person," Brennan said.
In 2010, Mercy HCH cared for more than 2,300 homeless individuals from Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire counties. "There is a greater need in the area than people realize," Brennan said.
Personal care items needed include: soap, shampoo, tooth-paste, toothbrushes, hand lotion, shaving items, hand sanitizers and tube socks.
The Personal Care collection will run through May 31 and donations can be dropped off at the St. Francis Chapel on week-days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will also be accepted at The Cruise Store in East Long-meadow on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at Tower Square's City Walk Caf s on Wednesdays in May from noon to 1:30 p.m. .
|5/20-8/30||Summer Internships at Playhouse on Park|
|8/2-8/29||Eloise Genest and Susanne Paquette Art Exhibit|
|8/20||At Home in the Woods Summer Camps|
|8/20||Southwick Library Book Sale|
|8/20||Plant Energy Healing Class (Part 1) (Part 2 August 20)|
|8/21||At Home in the Woods Summer Camps|
|8/21||"Welcome Baby" Program in Southwick for New Parents|
|8/21||Free Program for Veterans|
|8/21||FUNdraiser for Amherst Human Rights Commission|
|8/21||Starting Your Business SCORE workshop|
|8/21 (2 days)||Cash Is King - Johnny Cash/June Carter Re-Creation Show Aug 21&22|