City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will host its eighth consecutive monthly donation drive thru event on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center (2525 Grand Ave.). Donations received during the event will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) to people experiencing homelessness and will also be available to local partner organizations to distribute.
For this month’s donation drive, the City encourages donations of hygiene kits and/or travel size hygiene products, which will be distributed to people experiencing homelessness during the 2024 Homeless Point in Time (PIT) Count taking place in early 2024, in addition through standard outreach. More information about the 2024 PIT Count will be available in the coming weeks.
The City is also seeking cold weather clothing items and items from the below list for contribution:
While gift cards will not be accepted at the drive thru event, they can be donated at the MSC. To schedule a drop-off time, people can call 562.570.4586.
Since launching donation efforts in late February 2023, the City has collected over 26,000 items generously donated by community members, including 12,808 items during the City’s first seven donation drive thru events and over 13,250 items from drop-off bins and items donated through other avenues. More than half of these items have been distributed to the MSC and community organizations thus far.
Local organizations that support people experiencing homelessness and are interested in receiving donations to support their organization’s mission are encouraged to submit a donation request form based on their charitable outreach needs.
The City does not represent or warrant that any donations made to the City are tax deductible. Donors are encouraged to work with their tax professional. Receipts of donations are available at all drop off locations.
For more information on the City’s efforts to reduce homelessness in Long Beach, people may visit longbeach.gov/homelessness and follow @lbhealthdept and @longbeachcity on social media and follow the hashtag #EveryoneHomeLB.
Media inquiries may be directed to the City of Long Beach Joint Information Center at 562.570.NEWS or JIC@longbeach.gov.