You can warm up the winter for homeless youth by dropping off new, unwrapped clothing and other items in a drop-box at City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, until Dec. 16. (Use the 4th Street entrance and look to the right of the security desk.) The donations will be handed out to young people at YouthLink's holiday party.
Items needed include:
– long underwear, socks, mittens or gloves, hats and hooded sweatshirts
– backpacks and purses
– bus passes
– sleeping bags, blankets and quilts
– watches and alarm clocks
– personal hygiene items or sets
– kitchen gear
– journals and notebooks
– gift certificates for grocery and other stores such as Target
YouthLink is a nonprofit organization that serves homeless and at-risk youth at their Project OffStreets drop-in center (41 N. 12th Street) and programs such as health and wellness, housing and partner intervention programs. YouthLink offers supportive services to residents of the newly opened St. Barnabas Apartments, 906 South 7th Street, which houses formerly homeless youth.
The Municipal Building Commission, which operates and manages City Hall, provided the drop box. Cash donations may also be made at Room 105 of City Hall. For more information about YouthLink, visit their Web site online at www.youthlinkmn.org.