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Other Ways To Be Involved

Monthly Friendship Dinners

In June 2016, First Day launched its Friendship Dinner program, where in local churches, civic organizations and community groups, volunteer on a monthly basis to provide dinner for our shelter participants.  These dinners provide an opportunity for our local supporters to break bread with First Day shelter residents, building friendship and a sense of community and most importantly, helping to break down the stereotypical concepts that perpetuate homelessness.  Whittier Area Community Church provided our inaugural dinner and since then has been joined by the East Whittier Presbyterian Church and the Church of Latter Day Saints in Whittier.  If your church or community group is interested in learning more about First Day's Friendship Dinner program, please contact

Hygiene Kits

First Day accepts contributions of hygiene kit items on a year round basis.  Items include but are not limited to travel, standard and bulk size:

  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Body Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrushes
  • Detergent
  • Tissue
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Baby or personal wipes
  • Razors
  • Feminine hygiene products

Pre-assembled hygiene kits are also welcomed.

Welcome Home Kits

Upon move-in, First Day provides its clients with Welcome Home Kits that contain cleaning and household essentials such as:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Brooms & Mops
  • Other Household Items

These kits also come accompanied by words of encouragement and inspiration celebrating the client's accomplishment in obtaining safe and stable housing.  Regular contributions of these items and/or kits are accepted year long.

Put a Sock in It Campaign

During the winter months, First Day participates in the Put A Sock In It Campaign, which is a local effort to collect and distribute socks to those experiencing homelessness.  To sign up to be a collection site for the 2017 campaign effort, please contact