West Hollywood will host its sixth annual clothing drive for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center on Highland in January. Clothing and accessories that are in good condition and personal hygiene items are needed. All items collected will be distributed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in need.
Many young people at the Youth Center do not have warm winter clothing, nor do they have professional clothing for job interviews or to sustain employment. The Center is in greatest need of shoes (men’s size 7 to 13, women’s size 6 to 12, tied together), jeans (all adult sizes), jackets, backpacks, new packages of socks and underwear and travel-sized hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, shaving items, etc.) Dress pants, shirts, suits, belts and casual clothing are also appreciated, as are gift cards for stores such as Target in any denomination to purchase items for interviews (please be sure to write the dollar value on gift cards.)
The City of West Hollywood will be accepting items in collection bins at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer, from Jan. 2 until Jan. 31. Gift cards can be left with staff members in the city’s Social Services Division on the third floor of City Hall. Validated parking for West Hollywood City Hall is available in the automated parking garage behind City Hall off of North Sweetzer Avenue, and there is a loading area for quick drop-offs.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center on Highland responds to the essential needs of LGBT youth, thousands of whom find themselves without a home or support. The Youth Center connects young people with essential services, educational and employment opportunities. It also helps them prepare resumes and develop employment interviewing skills.