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7 Ways You Can Help People Experiencing Homelessness During the Holiday Season

Published: 11/26/2019

It’s officially the holiday season, and for many of us, it’s a joyful time to get together with friends and family. But it’s also good time to reflect on the things that some of us can take for granted, like having a home. For people experiencing homelessness or having trouble making ends meet,  a token of kindness and support can brighten up the holiday.

People often reach out to the City during the holiday season to see how they can help.  We asked Homeless Services Officer Shannon Parker, who is based out of the Multi-Service Center (MSC), about ways to help. Here’s what she suggested.

  1. Bring your group to the Multi-Service Center to hand out health and hygiene bags. Not sure what to include? The MSC staff has an Amazon Wishlist of needed items.

  2. Go caroling at the Multi-Service Center to spread holiday joy to MSC clients. Call the Multi-Service Center at (562) 570-4500 to participate in caroling. 

  3. When the weather outside is frightful, you can make a difference to those experiencing homelessness. Drop off L and XL sweat pants, shirts, socks and men’s and women’s underwear.

  4. Host a welcome home kit holiday party with youth. Young people can make a welcome home kit with these items and include a special hand-written motivating message to go in the kit. It’s a meaningful way to get youth involved in helping the community.

  5. Make a house a home. Donate an, afghan, house plant or any house-warming gift to someone who is transitioning to permanent housing. Call the Multi-Service Center at (562) 570-4500 to coordinate this donation. 

  6. Donate to the Mayor’s Fund to End Homelessness. Your tax-deductible donation supports homeless services in Long Beach by providing access to transportation services, medical care, mental health services, substance treatment and more.

  7. Volunteer your time to participate in the Homeless Count happening in January, 23 2020. Sign up today!

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