Saturday, August 16, 2014

Let's help LGBT youth in Los Angeles

It is estimated that 20-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT, when LGBT youth only make up 10% of the general youth population (statistics found online).

The Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center provides services for LGBT or questioning youth between the ages of 12-24 who don't have a home. Some of the services provided are: Housing, meals, showers, recreational services, eduction and employment programs and more.

This is where we come in :)

Twice a day they allow homeless LGBT youth access to gently used clothes and new packages of socks and underwear. From now until Monday September 15th, I will be collecting gently used clothes and new packs of socks and underwear to help. At the end of September, with my good friend, Melissa, I will take them all to L.A. to donate to the LBGT Youth Center.


*For those interested in helping out, please email me at nyraedawn@yahoo.com for the address to send me clothes donations.

*Please visit their site HERE for a more specific list on what to donate. Please make sure the clothes are in decent shape, and go by the sizes etc. on their site.



***GIVEAWAY***
Each person who sends me clothes or new packages of socks and underwear, I will enter your name in a drawing. Sometime the week of September 15th, I will randomly draw one winner who will get a SIGNED paperback of ALL of my books. Yep. One person will win signed copies of: CHARADE, FACADE, MASQUERADE, RUSH, WHAT A BOY WANTS, WHAT A BOY NEEDS, FREEING CARTER, MEASURING UP, OUT OF PLAY, SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL, and DIZZY. So, not only are you helping homeless youth, but you also have the chance to win some free books!


*What else you can do to help:
I understand that not everyone is able to purchase socks and underwear. Or maybe you just cleaned your closets and donated your clothes. You can also help by spreading the word about this. Tweet it, Facebook it, blog it. We can make the most impact by getting the word out!

Thanks everyone!



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2 comments:

  1. Wow I didn't know there are this kind of lgbt associations's, unfortunately I can't help since I live in France.

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  2. I have heard of these statistics before and that's really sad. I'm all the way over in Jamaica but I hope people do help and I'll donate money if that option is available.

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