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Volunteers of America Crossroads Shelter Hosts Second Annual “Roll Out the Help” Toilet Paper Drive

SANDUSKY, OH – Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio’s Crossroads homeless shelter will host the second “Roll Out the Help” Toilet Paper Drive in celebration of National Toilet Paper Day on Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Currently seeking gap funding through its community campaign to complete important renovations, the Crossroads homeless shelter’s supply of hygiene and household items have also dwindled. The Drive will serve Crossroads residents and other Erie County residents in need, and aims to collect basic household necessities – items other than food that are considered critical to health and well-being, including personal care items, baby care items, and household maintenance items.

While federal nutrition programs, such as WIC, focus solely on food, participants in those programs cannot use those benefits for personal hygiene or household items. Food pantries and meal providers do not have the means to offer other non-food assistance, despite a growing need within the community.

“The struggle for many American households to afford basic household items is increasing,” said Sue Reamsnyder, Vice President of Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio. “By hosting ‘Roll Out the Help’, we can help the homeless as they move into a new home, and support the seniors, families, and other individuals in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.”

The Drive will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Kroger located at 226 East Perkins Avenue. Items that were identified as “basic essentials” include: toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, dishwashing liquid, shampoo & conditioner, baby diapers & wipes, detergent, paper towels, shaving cream, razors, and feminine hygiene items.

To learn more on how to help the Crossroads Shelter, visit www.voago.org/crossroads. To donate online, text CROSSORADS to 91999.

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About Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio

Volunteers of America is a national, non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through thousands of human services programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps nearly 2 million people across the country – more than 23,000 in Greater Ohio alone.

Established locally in 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups including at-risk youth, veterans, the frail elderly, men returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Learn more about Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio at www.voago.org.

About Crossroads Homeless Shelter

Since 1999, Crossroads has been open to help the young and elderly, men, women, families, and veterans find their right path to a sustainable life. Crossroads provides supportive services, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, mental health and addiction treatment, and emergency shelter for veterans, families, men and women. Simply put, Crossroads is a place for shelter, support, and help when someone in the community needs it.

Crossroads has been a stepping-stone to thousands of people in the Sandusky area for the past 18 years, resulting in desperate need of repairs. In order to accomplish this goal, Crossroads is seeking $450,000 in gap funding to complete all of the much-needed renovations. Learn more about the Crossroads Community Campaign at www.voago.org/crossroads.