Long Beach launched its Season of Giving to encourage residents to donate to several nonprofits that support people experiencing homelessness during the holidays.
The city’s donation efforts are aimed at providing critical items for those who are homeless, such as blankets, food, personal hygiene and other items necessary for daily use.
At least six charities are accepting items and volunteers to help people in need.
These non-profit organizations are GP God’s People Care Packages and Love Blankets, Long Beach Community Table, Transitions to motherhood, food detectors, Precious Lamb and Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church.
People interested in donating physical items are invited to participate in one of the donation drive-thrus, where they can drop off goods for homeless residents.
The next donation drive will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Department of Health and Human Services’ main facility, 2525 Grand Ave.
“We have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support from our community this year,” said Rex Richardson in a recent press release, “and hope that even more people will join us in the spirit of giving during the ‘Season of Giving’ campaign .”
Physical donations will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center, 1301 W. 12th St., to people experiencing homelessness, the city said in a news release, although items will also be available for local partner organizations to distribute through their existing outreach programs .
Among the high-need items are those that protect against the cold, such as women’s and men’s sweatshirts, pants, coats, socks, blankets, umbrellas and shoes.
Holiday-themed gifts are also welcome, as well as hygiene kits or home gift kits from Multi-Service Center Amazon Wish List.
People can also donate backpacks filled with hand warmers, flashlights, battery packs, D batteries, emergency blankets and charging cables.
Pet care kits with food, treats, collars, leashes, pet toys or collapsible pet bowls are also in great demand.
Canned foods and small manual can openers are also needed, along with bottled beverages such as juices and water, and snacks such as granola or power bars, as well as instant oatmeal and soups.
Donation bins for physical essentials can be found at all Long Beach Public Library branches during regular business hours, except at the following locations:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach main office, 3635 Long Beach Blvd., from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Scherer Park Community Center, 4654 Pasadena Ave., from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Residents, businesses and community organizations wishing to make tax-deductible monetary donations are also encouraged to contribute to the Mayor’s Homeless Action Fund.
This fund is administered by the Long Beach Community Foundation, with the oversight of the Homeless Services Advisory Committee.
Fund contributions can be made by check or credit card. To donate or for additional information, visit longbeachcf.org.
Long Beach has collected more than 27,000 donated items since February, and 14,000 have been distributed to people who are homeless and to local charities that help the homeless with services and support.
Nonprofits and local organizations interested in receiving donations should reach out of town by emailing [email protected].