Throughout the month of February, Forbes Library is collecting toiletries to support local residents who are experiencing homelessness. The following supplies are needed: deodorant, shampoo, shaving materials, lip balm, small bar soap, hand or foot warmers, men’s underwear (new in package), small packages of tissues, small packages of Bandaids, snack bars, and insulated water bottles with tight seals. Donations may be brought to the library’s main circulation desk on the first floor or to the children’s circulation desk in the basement. All items collected will be distributed to individuals in the shelters or on the streets by Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals, Inc., whose mission is to help homeless people in Hampshire County live with dignity by providing emergency shelter and related services, creating housing, and advocating for the homeless.

“Forbes Library strives to be a center of support for our community. In years past our patrons have generously donated to our can drives, and we’re optimistic that our patrons will similarly enthusiastically support this toiletries drive,” said Lisa Downing, Director of the Forbes Library.

“Small, portable items like this are a godsend to people who don’t have a home bathroom with a well-stocked medicine cabinet. They are always much appreciated! We are grateful to Forbes and its patrons for helping out,” said Rick Hart, President of Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals, Inc.

Donations will be accepted beginning Wednesday, February 1 through Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
Please contact with any questions.