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Posted on: November 3, 2023

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

Stuff the Squad collection

The Wheaton Police Department will be hosting a Stuff the Squad event for neighbors in need from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023 at the Wheaton Police Department, with this event benefiting the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. 

Wheaton Police encourage the community to stop by 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. 

“As we traditionally honor our nation’s veterans in November, the Wheaton Police Department would like to help support local veterans who are facing a challenging time,” said Community Engagement Officer Crystal Miroballi. “The Stuff a Squad program’s success over the past couple years has been a wonderful example of our community’s caring and generous spirit, and we look forward to inviting our residents, organizations and businesses to join us in helping local veterans.” 

Items being collected include (new items only, please): 


  • Paper Towels 
  • Toilet Paper 
  • Kleenex 
  • Garbage Bags (Kitchen) 
  • Garbage Cans (Kitchen and Bath) 
  • Mops (Swiffer) and Pads 
  • Vacuum Cleaner 
  • Brooms 


  • Microwaves 
  • Coffee Pots 
  • Toaster 
  • Dish Sets 
  • Pots and Pans 
  • Food Storage Containers 
  • Knife Sets 
  • Paper Plates 
  • Napkins 


  • Comforter – All Sizes 
  • Sheets – King, Queen and Twin Sheet Sets
  • Pillows 


  • Reusable Bags
  • Cleaning Supplies: 
  • Laundry Pods 
  • Dryer Sheets 
  • Disinfectant Spray (Lysol) 
  • All Purpose Liquid Cleaner/Spray 
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner 
  • Bleach 
  • Scrub Brush 
  • Toilet Bowl Brush 
  • Disinfectant Wipes 
  • SOS Pads 
  • Windex 


  • Bathroom Cleaner 
  • Towel Sets 
  • Bath Rugs 

Personal Care Items: 

  • Lip Balm 
  • Dental Floss (Spools) 
  • Body Wash 
  • Deodorant 
  • Razors 
  • Hand Soap 
  • Shampoo


  • Men’s and Women’s Winter Coats
  • Hats and Gloves
  • Men’s undershirts (sizes medium, large, XL and 2XL)

For ease of shopping, there is an Amazon Wish List at:

Residents who would like to drop off items but are unable to do so during the Stuff the Squad event time may drop off items in the Wheaton Police Department lobby. 

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, a veteran employment program and more.    

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