Long Beach to Host Third Drive Thru Donation Event Saturday, May 27, to Support People Experiencing Homelessness
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Long Beach, CA ~ The City of Long Beach is hosting its third donation drive thru event on Saturday, May 27th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Health and Human Services Main Facilities Center located at 2525 Grand Ave. The event is part of a monthly series to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness in the city.

Mayor Rex Richardson expressed his pride in the community for coming together and caring for those in need by donating essential items. He said, "As the City continues to make great strides in addressing homelessness, our community has come together in a great way to support those in need."

The warm summer months are quickly approaching and items such as sunscreen, hats, protective sunshades/umbrellas and reusable water bottles are needed as well as hygiene kits. Other items that are welcomed for contribution include backpacks filled with hand warmers, flashlights, battery packs, batteries (usually 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 some of the suggested items above and a special hand-written motivating message to go in the kit; food items like canned food; bottled drinks like juices or water; snacks such as granola bars or power bars; instant oatmeal and instant soup. Gift cards can be donated at the Multi-Service Center but will not be accepted at the drive thru event.

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Since launching donation efforts in late February 2023 more than 10600 items have been collected from community members including nearly 5000 during the first two donation drive thru events and close to 6000 from drop-off bins available at Long Beach Public Library branches and other locations. More than half of these items have been distributed to the MSC and community organizations while local organizations can submit a donation request form based on their charitable outreach needs.

Community members who wish to get involved can visit longbeach.gov/homelessness for more information on how they can help out while donations made to the City are not tax deductible but receipts of donations are available at all drop off locations. For more information on the City's efforts people may visit longbeach.gov/homelessness or follow @lbhealthdept and @longbeachcity on social media using hashtag #EveryoneHomeLB .

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