Truckloads of Hope: Supporting Capuchin Services Center

By: Michael Fossbakk | March 3, 2021

How do you start your day? Is it with a warm shower, complete with soap and shampoo? Do you have access to fresh towels every morning? What do you do after the shower? Do you dry your hair with a blow dryer? Do you use a razor to trim up your beard?

All of these things can easily be taken for granted if you’ve always had access to them, but, for some people, a fresh shower seems out of reach.

That’s where places like the Capuchin Services Center and Shower Program come in. They provide food, clothes and access to warm showers to those in need and your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers are proud to once again support the Capuchins through our “Truckloads of Hope” collection drive.

From March 1-31, you can stop into a participating Metro Detroit Chevy Dealer and drop-off shower, hygiene and other personal essentials for use by those who visit the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Services Center. 

Capuchin’s shower program has undergone some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to provide the same great, free shower service to Detroiters in a safe way, Capuchin has employed the use of a mobile trailer three-station shower unit. This mobile unit provides homeless guests with a warm shower, hygiene products and freshly laundered clothes.

Head to one of our 38 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, look for the Silverado truck replica donation box and drop off any of the needed items found in the list below.

In April, all of the items collected from the participating dealerships will be taken to Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Meldrum location with an impressive caravan of 38 Chevrolet trucks or SUVs and handed off to the good folks who work there.

“Donations from Truckloads of Hope can make all the difference in people’s daily lives and is such a blessing for our Capuchin Services Center and for our shower program,”  said Br. Jerry Johnson, Executive Director of Capuchin Soup Kitchen. “Household supplies and hygiene items are expensive, and many of our guests have difficulty affording these necessities. This event always provides a tremendous boost to our efforts.

John Fox, President of the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, spoke enthusiastically about this year’s Truckloads of Hope campaign.

“After the 2020 pivot, our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers are really looking forward to delivering hope—with the goal of filling the equivalent of 38 Chevy Silverado truck beds—to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen this year,” Fox said. “COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways, but it’s been especially difficult for those who already struggled financially on a daily basis. Through Truckloads of Hope, we are continuing our Chevy Detroit tradition of supporting the meaningful services the Capuchin Organization provides, and our dealer members, the public who visit our showrooms, and our employees wholeheartedly get involved in this community-wide effort.”

The following new items are needed most by Capuchin’s Shower Program:

  • Sheets (Full and Twin sizes)
  • Blankets (Full and Twin sizes)
  • Laundry Detergent (42 oz. or 64 oz.)
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Hand and Bath Towels
  • Travel Shaving Cream
  • Travel Hand Sanitizer
  • Disposable Razors
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby Wipes
  • Socks
  • Underwear

Stop into a participating Metro Detroit Chevy Dealer during Truckloads of Hope March 1-31 to drop off any of the above items. Help us make a difference in the lives of others.