Homeless gay youth focus of MLK Day of Service

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Gay Houston has an opportunity to give back on Monday as local HRC organizers join with other groups to collect clothing to help homeless LGBT youth as part of its MLK Day of Service.

From the event invitation:

Let’s come together as a community to serve LGBT homeless youth on MLK Day of Service. Taking place in January, MLK Day of Service is a “day on, not a day off.” It is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community action to help bring together people, strengthen communities, and meet national challenges.

One such challenge is homelessness among LGBT youth, who make up to 40% of homeless and at-risk youth. HRC, Montrose Grace Place, and Grace Lutheran Church invite you to partner with us on a service project benefiting LGBT homeless youth in our Houston community. As an HRC supporter, you have seen first-hand how we can make an impact when we join together and take action.

You can volunteer to collect donated items into care bags for homeless LGBT youth, organize the clothes closet and pantry and clean up around the facility.

Want to donate instead? Some items to consider contributing:

Between January 1 – 18, please help us collect the following items, which are urgently needed by LGBT homeless youth:

  • Unopened travel-sized toiletries including insect repellant, individual rolls of toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, disposable razors, shaving cream, and feminine hygiene products
  • New and lightly used clothing such as jogging pants, shorts, sweatshirts and sweaters
  • Winter accessories such as disposable hand warmers, stretchy gloves, scarves, and warm hats (red and blue colors are not preferred)
  • New and unopened underwear and socks (for all sizes and genders)
  • Notebooks and pens / pencils
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Emergency and first-aid supplies such as small flashlights and batteries, plastic zip bags, and cough drops
  • Food such as individual juice drinks, beef jerky, protein and granola bars, and instant noodles

The church held a clothing drive for the homeless LGBT youth it helps on Nov. 2. The event (photo) was a response to anti-gay rallies over Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance taking place that same day.

Photo by Rob Martinez Photography

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