Officials at CAP’s Help Warehouse are appealing to the community for emergency toiletries.
Warehouse program manager Lois Shelton said in a press release that the warehouse’s supplies are depleted. She and the staff are feeling the press of families needing toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.
Families are limited to receiving toiletries only twice a year. Even so, Shelton said roughly 200 families are coming to CAP each month in need of these items. Some are turned away because of the lack of supplies.
The shortage is because of increased need and fewer donations of toiletries during the local food drives. In the last Walk n’ Knock and Letter Carriers’ food drives, people donated fewer toiletry items than usual.
Shelton said the warehouse has the option of using program funds to buy the toiletries, but would prefer to use that money to purchase food.
Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Help Warehouse, located in the CAP building at 1526 Commerce Ave., next to the Columbia Theatre for the performing arts.
For details, call the warehouse at 425-3430, ext. 281 or ext. 283