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$1.47Fly Swatter (2 pack)Twin pack of fly swatters - in our conversation one unhoused person mentioned this in particular because of trouble with fliesHome Depot
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$2.50Hair ties17 pack of hair ties -- a couple of unhoused people have requested products like thisTarget
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$2.99Insect Repellent (individual)3.5 oz can of OFF! brand insect repellent. Local unhoused people have mentioned difficulty with itchy insect bites and requested insect repellent. Target
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$5.37Fly Trap (individual)Disposable hanging fly trap - in our conversation one unhoused person mentioned this in particular because of trouble with fliesHome Depot
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$18.99Baby wipes (bulk)12 pack of baby wipes -- useful for people with babies and for unhoused people to keep clean without shower access. Target
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$24.00Anti-Itch Cream (bulk)24 pack of 1.25 oz tubes of Dr. Sheffield's Anti-Itch cream. Several unhoused people have mentioned difficulty with itchy insect bites. They are especially looking for products to help with mites. Dollar Tree
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$24.00Socks (bulk)Case of (24) 3pack Men's quarter length white socks. One unhoused person we talked to requested we add socks to the giveaway, and that it helps to have new socks because the mites hide away in the old socks. Dollar Tree
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VariesFace masksEither disposable or cloth masks. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. We stick to disposable masks.
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VariesColoring and activity books, art supplies, craft suppliesNew or gently used arts/crafts supplies and coloring books are useful for families with kids. Unhoused people have mentioned that they enjoy them too, especially adult coloring books.
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VariesDeodorantsWomen's - Dollar Tree Men's - Dollar Tree Gender Neutral - Dollar Tree
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$1 OR $24 per caseToothbrushes (medium bristle)People have expressed that they prefer medium bristle instead of soft bristle. Dollar Tree
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$1 OR $24 per caseToothpasteWe give out both regular and sensitive toothpaste.Sensitive - Dollar Tree Regular - Dollar Tree
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$5.69Soap Bars (12 Pack)Target
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$1 OR $12 per caseShampoosPreferably 2 in 1, or 3 in 1. Women's - Dollar Tree Men's - Dollar Tree
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$19.99Toilet Paper (30 rolls)Costco
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$1 OR $24 per caseLotionsCocoa butter in particular is pretty popular.Dollar Tree
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Groceries and snacksWhile canned foods are good, nothing beats fresh fruit, and stuff you can eat on the spot.
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Groceries, Non-Perishables
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ClothesNew or gently used clothes for anyone who needs it. Seasonal stuff is good too like when its colder: Jackets, sweaters, windbreakers, long sleeves, sweats, fuzzy socks, etc. would be good. For warmer weather: Tanktops, shorts, sandals, etc. Some all seasons stuff would be t-shirts, jeans, leggings, pants, shoes, etc. Any size is good. Dark colors, since light colors stain.
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UndergarmentsNew undergarments in any size!
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Sleeping bags, blankets, trash bags, general camping suppliesMost unhoused folk experience having all their belongings thrown away from time to time. Dark colors, since light colors stain.
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Mite TreatmentWe've been hearing that some unhoused folk are struggling with a mite problem.
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Umbrellas, tarps, water resistant equipmentStuff to deal with the rain
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Rain PonchosDollar Days
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CartsWhen getting told to move by the police, if you have a shopping cart, the police will take the cart. To avoid this, small carts/wagons would be useful
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Hotel vouchers?Being sponsored for one or two nights can be pretty life changing. Though this is hard to scale up.
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