Long Beach Hosting Donation Drive Thru Event Saturday, September 23, to Support People Experiencing Homelessness
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Long Beach, CA ~ The City of Long Beach is hosting its seventh donation drive thru on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to collect essential items for people experiencing homelessness in the city. The event will take place at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center, located at 2525 Grand Ave.

Mayor Rex Richardson expressed his appreciation for the community's generosity over the last six months, saying "Through these donations, we've been able to provide more than 11,300 essential items to people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach."

The City is currently seeking clothing and other items such as hygiene kits or house-warming gift kits from the Multi-Service Center Amazon Wish List; backpacks filled with hand warmers, flashlights, battery packs, batteries (especially D batteries), emergency blankets and charging cables; pet care kits with pet food, treats, collars, leashes, pet toys or collapsible pet bowls; S, M, L, XL or XXL sweatpants, shirts, socks and men's and women's underwear; beanies; scarves; caps; hoodies; towels or blankets (gently used items are appreciated); welcome home kits with motivating messages; canned food (and small manual can openers); bottled drinks like juices or water; snacks such as granola bars or power bars; instant oatmeal and instant soup.

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Gift cards can be donated at the Multi-Service Center but will not be accepted at the drive thru event. To schedule a drop-off time for donations people can call 562.570.4586.

Since launching donation efforts in late February 2023 over 18,350 items have been collected by community members including 10347 items during the City's first six donation drive thru events and over 8 000 items from drop-off bins and other avenues. Over 60% of these items have been distributed to the MSC and community organizations thus far. Local organizations that support people experiencing homelessness are encouraged to submit a donation request form based on their charitable outreach needs.

More information on how community members can get involved is available on longbeach.gov/homelessness while receipts of donations are available at all drop off locations. The City does not represent or warrant that any donations made to them are tax deductible but donors are encouraged to work with their tax professional if they wish to do so.

In an effort to reduce homelessness in Long Beach people may visit longbeach.gov/homelessness and follow @lbhealthdept and @longbeachcity on social media as well as follow the hashtag #EveryoneHomeLB for more information about this initiative

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