For six years, Mayor Tom Barrett has held a Holiday Drive for troops serving overseas. City of Milwaukee employees, community partners, businesses and residents have risen to the challenge and collected thousands of toiletries, snacks, goodies and more to help bring a little holiday cheer to those far away from home during the holidays.
Through this annual effort, more than 2,000 goodie-filled boxes were shipped to Wisconsin troops serving our country overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.
As more and more troops return home from overseas service every month, the focus of the Holiday Drive has shifted to what we can do to help veterans who have completed their service and are back home in our community. The 7th Annual Holiday Drive will benefit the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.
The Holiday Drive’s partnerships are growing, too. This year, County Executive Chris Abele is joining the effort to help make a larger impact and involve communities throughout the County.
We are grateful for all support and donations, but we ask that citizens donate only the items listed below. Items must be unopened and individually packaged. If you have items you'd like to donate that are NOT listed below, such as furniture or appliances, please contact the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative to see if they accept those items.
|Toothpaste||Pack of Dish Towels|
|Dental Floss||Pack of Wash Cloths|
|Pack of Razors||Shower Curtain Liners|
|Shaving Cream||Set of Shower Curtain Rings|
|Bars of Soap||Tissue|
|Can Openers||Box of Baggies|
|Pack of Cleaning Sponges|