The Stuffed Shirt Project 

Many homeless people find themselves moving from one shelter to another, carrying their clothes and other possessions the only way they can — in trash bags.  They also have limited and inconsistent access to personal care items, like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, etc.

You can help!  Either create an “event” and work as a group or do the project on your own.

Gather your friends, family, co-workers, etc. and ask them to each bring 

  • a clean, new XL t-shirt

Also, ask your participants to bring small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, wash cloths, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, body lotions, shaving cream and any other personal care items you might think of to your event.  You’ll need extra large sized zip lock type plastic bags too.

  1. Place a sampling of personal care products for one person in one (or two) zip lock bags.

  2. Have each participant pack the soft suitcases, bags etc. with the personal care items, OR

  3. Lay the t-shirts out flat, and put the zip lock filled with personal care items in the center of the t-shirts. Wrap the shirt up around the items like a sack/bag, and tie it with a ribbon or string.

Making a Kids Bag or a Baby Bag is another option…

For a Baby Bag, participants can fill a clean, gently used diaper bag with any or all of the following:

  • clean baby clothes

  • wipes

  • diaper cream

  • a changing pad

  • a cuddly small blanket

  • a new pacifier and/or bottle

  • small baby toy

For a Kids Bag, fill a new, kids size medium t-shirt with any or all of these:

  • kids shampoo & conditioner

  • soap & plastic soap case

  • kids toothbrush

  • kids toothpaste

  • small hairbrush

  • lip balm

  • kids decorated band-aids

  • small towel or washcloth

You might find that swapping and sharing the personal care items will ensure that each t-shirt “bag” or suitcase has variety. For a nice personal touch, you can make a label with a good will wish and attach it to the ribbon or string, or the handle of the suitcase, etc.  If you made a baby bag, please attach a label to the handle of the bag indicating what age baby the clothes inside are for (e.g. 6-9 months).

 

Our Stuffed Shirts Will be going to

Be a Good Human Network hand out days 

Good Samaritan

The Oasis

The River

Hope Haven 

Interfaith Hospitality Network

as needed