Hygiene Drive

Man & son brushing teeth, teenager washing their face, father and son laughing as they play with shaving cream.

Student United Way LogoThis drive is hosted by our Student United Way!

Join Us For A Hygiene Drive Along The Lakeshore!

When: The Entire Month of February! (Feb. 1 - Feb. 28) 


Join United Way of the Lakeshore across Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties for our annual Hygiene Drive. During the entire month of February, United Way will be collecting hygiene products to pack "spa bags" for our local pantries!

The Need:

Imagine having to choose between deodorant and feminine products or gas to make it back and forth to work for the week. For some of our families, these tough decisions leave them without quality hygiene care which can later impact their health and well-being.

Diverse Hair Care Products:

Along with our traditional drive item needs, this year we will be making special requests for products that cater to diverse hair. Women of color spend a lot more on haircare than other women as they often need more products, tools, and accessories to take care of their hair. With minimal representation in consumer stores, there is an even bigger gap in our local pantries that rely on donations. According to the 2019 ALICE Report on the Lakeshore (Muskegon, Newaygo, & Oceana Combined) 71% of all Black Households are under the ALICE Threshold, 63% of all Mixed Households are under the ALICE Threshold, and 46% of all Hispanic/LatinX Households are under the ALICE Threshold. For these households, it is important that there is representation and proper supplies in our agencies that support their needs.

The Ask - Get Your Workplace/ Organization/ Church Involved:

We have some of our most generous and active companies helping us with our collections this year. Would your workplace like to be involved? We are looking for businesses, agencies, schools, and churches that will host a box for donations for our hygiene drive! Box hosts will have a box delivered to them by our generous volunteers, promote the drive at their location, and have the box picked up at the end of the drive. You can sign up anytime during the month of February and we will get you a box within the next business day!

Items To Donate: 

Soap, Shampoo, Feminine Products, Lotion, Razors, Shaving Cream, Combs/Brushes, Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer, Lip Balm, First Aid Products, Deodorant

Diverse Hair Care Products To Consider:

Oils (Coconut Oil, Tea Tree, Castor), Curl Hydrating Spray, Curl Detangler, Hair Repair Masque, Curl Defining Gel, Flex Brushes, Edge Control, Headbands, Bonnets, Scarves/Durags, Hair Ties, Bobby Pins, Picks, Hair Moisturizer

Where to Drop Off Donations: Locations Coming Soon!