Center Holds Drive for Homeless Youth

As one of its charitable projects for the winter holidays, the Utah Pride Center is collecting a few specific items for homeless Utah youth — 43 percent of whom identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.

The items being requested by the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City are sleeping bags, gift cards to Smiths, all season tents housing two to three people, bus tokens, medium sized men’s boxer shorts and winter coats in all sizes.

The Utah Pride Center is seeking only these items because it and the Homeless Youth Resource Center have been inundated with donations of other items — to the point that both are running out of storage space.

“Often people make assumptions about what homeless youth need and we end up with too much of some things and not enough of other things,” said Jude McNeil, the Center’s Youth Programs Director. “People will donate a lot of clothing and we end up with way too much and we don’t need it. So we made sure we are collecting things that are based on what they need.”

These items should be brought to the Utah Pride Center, 361 N. 300 W., and taken upstairs to the administrative offices between the Center’s operating hours of 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items should not be left downstairs in Café Marmalade.

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