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Posted on: July 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Help Stuff the Squad for Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

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The Wheaton Police Department will be hosting its second Stuff the Squad event for neighbors in need on Wednesday, July 21, with this event benefiting the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. 

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21, Wheaton Police encourage the community to visit the Wheaton Police Department at 900 W. Liberty Drive and help stuff a squad car full of household/cleaning/personal care items needed by the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Contactless donations can be placed directly into the squad and all CDC COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. 

“When we started this program in May, we were looking to find a way to help take care of our community, and we invited others to join us,” said Community Engagement Officer Crystal Miroballi. “The Wheaton community’s response has been overwhelmingly generous, and we look forward to partnering with residents again to help veterans in need of assistance.”

Items being collected include: 

(*most-needed items)


  • Men’s and women’s summer jackets (all sizes
  • Men’s underwear, 2X & 3X


  • Coffee makers (new, please)
  • Paper plates (regular size)
  • Paper towels*

Cleaning Supplies:

  • All-purpose cleaner (ex: Mr. Clean, Fabuloso – standard size)*
  • Bathroom cleaning spray (ex: Clorox, Scrubbing Bubbles)*
  • Liquid laundry soap (standard size)*
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Zip-loc bags (gallon, quart)
  • Disinfectant spray (Lysol)

Personal Care Items:

  • Toothpaste (full-size)*
  • Deodorant (men’s and women’s)*
  • Shampoo*
  • Body wash*


  • Comforter sets (F/Q & T) *

Gift Cards:

  • Gas*
  • Grocery stores*
  • Stamps*


  • Bathmats
  • Towel sets*


  • Towel sets
  • Oven mitt sets
  • Garbage bags (13-gallon)
  • Baking pans
  • Flatware sets of four
  • Pot and pan sets

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans also has items listed on an Amazon Wish List at  

Located in Wheaton, the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans opened its doors in 2007 with the mission of empowering at-risk veterans and their families to become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. In addition to offering transitional housing and support services, the organization also offers affordable housing for low-income veterans, a freedom commissary, an a veteran employment program and more.    

The Wheaton Police Department looks forward to seeing you on July 21. If you are unable to drop off items during the hours of the Stuff the Squad event, the Wheaton Police Department lobby will have a drop-off box from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on July 21. 

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