If you ever do your grocery shopping in West Des Moines, you might soon notice something new as you walk in. Dahl’s and Hy-Vee stores in West Des Moines will all soon have large green boxes, called “Share Boxes” in their entryways collecting donations for West Des Moines Human Services. The group is asking you to donate personal care items, like laundry detergent, deodorant and tooth paste. Those items cost the agency roughly $24,000 per year.
Back in December, a group of local business leaders decided they wanted to do more for their community. After weeks of research, they decided to help West Des Moines Human Services.
“They provide so many services to the community for utilities help, housing, food, clothing and when they have to purchase these personal care items every year it takes away from the services that they provide elsewhere. So it was really fulfilling that need that was really underserved,” said Matt Meyer with the West Des Moines Leadership Academy.
If the community helps alleviate that, the money can go to other services for those in need. Organizers say the community has already come together to help put the boxes in place.
“All of the pieces all of the costs associated with that were a little overwhelming. When we went out to the community so many people really came together and donated so many service and products it made it so much easier to pull it all together,” said Meyer.
Organizers hope the boxes stay in stores permanently. The items inside will be collected about once a week.