Toiletries for the Tenderloin

TGD GuestIt’s hard for many to imagine not having the little, everyday things like a toothbrush or soap, but many of the guests at St. Anthony’s go without such basic toiletries all too often. This can lead to low self-esteem and may increase the risk of health issues. Everyone deserves the basics to feel human, so we need your help.

By donating unused, travel-sized toiletries we can put together “emergency hygiene kits” or “birthday bags” for people in need. Get creative, host a “bubble bash” or make it a competition to see how many hygiene items your organization can raise. Think about going one week without brushing your teeth. Put a smile on someone’s face, donate today!  read more…

Philanthropy in Footie Pajamas

St. Anthony's Baby JacobAt a grand total of one year old, Baby Jacob is already supporting San Franciscans in need through tough times.

For his first birthday party, friends & family were asked to bring boxes of cereal to help St. Anthony’s pantry provide food to our homeless & low-income neighbors.

Cheers to Jacob’s parents for kicking off his 2nd year with this thoughtful gift to our guests.

Check out the kind words from Jacob’s new fans on our Facebook page.

The Next Big Idea: Social Knitworking for St. Anthony’s

DSC_4373If you haven’t started already, get out your sticks and make something wonderful happen!  Join our 4th Annual Scarving Artists Drive today.

Together we can provide  comfort to our poor and vulnerable neighbors this Holiday season. Your hand-knit hats or scarves will reach out to touch those in most need of comfort and solace.

 Whether you knit, crochet, or know someone who does, please help us by donating handmade hats and scarves to low-income and homeless guests who eat at St. Anthony’s. We need scarves in dark or neutral colors for men as well as hats for men, women and children. Our goal is to collect 3,000 scarves and 2,000 hats as gifts for our guests during the holiday season.

How can you join in? Click here to share the joy your handiwork creates. 

Sign up for our Social Knitworking Newsletter to get all the latest  news about our project!

Sending San Francisco’s Kids Back to School in Style

Back to School 1230 low-income children are headed back to school in style thanks to the generosity & support of the San Francisco community and our hard-working Free Clothing Program staff. This year, our youngest guests will be walking tall on the playground with brand new backpacks, shoes, school supplies, and outfits from our biggest Back to School Day ever.

To help these kids start the school year off right, our Free Clothing Program teamed up with a powerhouse group of mid-market tech companies & nonprofits to organize the largest back-to-school drive for low-income families in our 64-year history. Twitter, Zendesk, Dolby Laboratories, One Kings Lane, Intuit Demand Force, TJMaxx, and Old Navy are among the companies who either made large donations or adopted entire grades of students. In addition, nonprofit partners Family Giving Tree, My New Red Shoes, and the Golden Gate Mothers Group provided all of the backpacks, shoes, and Old Navy gift cards for families who may need additional clothes. Friends from Flipcause did face painting, and Sophie’s Stress Free Soirees made jewelry with kids and helped them pick out temporary tattoos.

Back to School 2St. Anthony’s Executive Director Barry Stenger expressed our gratitude to our community partners for their support: “In a time when tensions are running high in San Francisco between the haves and have-nots, we are fortunate to see the overwhelming generosity of people who are eager to make a difference for the poorest families in our community. St. Anthony’s is in a unique position to connect low-income children in San Francisco with a groundswell of support from donors around the Bay Area. In times like these, we see again and again that as a city, we are committed to taking care of each other. We extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the mid-market tech companies and our nonprofit partners for making this event possible.”

Our Free Clothing Program is the largest in San Francisco and serves over 8,500 men, women, and children every year. Visit our website to learn how you can help support San Franciscans in need.

-Check out photos from the event here. 

-Watch KTVU 2’s news coverage here.

Guest Services Toiletry Drive

DSC_8087Many of St. Anthony’s guests do not have access to basic necessities. Help fulfill our guests’ critical needs by donating unused travel-sized toiletry items. Going on a vacation? Save your unused toiletries and bring them in.

We are in need of:

  • Shampoos & conditioners
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Soaps
  • Lotions
  • Razors
  • Deodorants
  • Combs

Please contact our Guest Services staff with any questions: (415)592-2742

Thank you for your support!