January 18, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

City of WeHo to Host Clothing Drive for LGBTQ Youth

The City of West Hollywood will host its eighth annual clothing drive for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Services program on January 13. 

The New Year is the perfect time to clean out your closet and lend a helping hand to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in need,” a statement from the City read. “Many young LGBT people at the Center do not have warm winter clothing, nor do they have professional clothing for job interviews or to wear as they start their careers; travel-sized, new hygiene items”

The Center needs jackets, coats and ponchos, hoodies, sweats, new packages of socks and underwear. Items needed besides clothes include toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, feminine menstrual products, shaving items; as well as boxes of granola bars. 

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center supports the essential needs of LGBT young people by connecting them with health, mental health and housing services along with educational, and employment opportunities. The Center is a supportive community and a welcoming safe space for youth to connect.

The City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative organizes the community’s response to homelessness, according to a press release. An important strategy of the initiative is to empower community members to engage and support solutions to address homelessness; this clothing drive is an easy way for the community to participate. The Homeless Initiative is one part of City of West Hollywood’s deep commitment to providing social services to improve the quality of life for community members in-need. 

The City of West Hollywood will be accepting items in collection bins in the courtyard at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, from Monday, Jan. 13 through Tuesday, Jan. 21. Gift cards, preferably in $5 denomination, can be left with staff members in the City’s Strategic Initiatives Division at City Hall. Please write the dollar value on the gift card. Validated parking for West Hollywood City Hall is available in the automated parking garage behind City Hall, south of Santa Monica Boulevard on Sweetzer Avenue. There is also a loading area available for quick drop-offs.

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