To help meet the growing demand for clothes from the many homeless LGBT youth served by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the Center’s Young Professionals Council (YPC) will host its seventh annual Threads of Change clothing drive party. The admission is free and guests who donate a bag of gently used clothes will receive a complimentary mimosa.

 The donated clothes will help stock the closet at the Center’s Youth Center on Highland in Hollywood where staff distribute an average of 1,200 clothing items each month to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

 Items of apparel for men and women in greatest demand are:

  • Gently used casual clothes (of all adult sizes)
  • Gently used professional attire for job interviews
  • Gently used winter coats and sweaters
  • Shoes in excellent condition·New socks and underwear

 Those who donate packages of four or more new socks, or new underwear, will be entered into a raffle with special prizes

Guests are encouraged to share photos of their fashionable donations to the Center’s various social media channels including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with hashtag #YPCThreads.

At the Youth Center on Highland, young people get three meals a day, take showers, do laundry, prepare for the GED exam, stay overnight and get support from the Youth Employment Program, which helps job-seekers polish their skills and find employment.

The Youth Center closet also provides clothes for youth who have found a home within the Center’s 24-bed Transitional Living Program. Young people ages 18-24 stay with the Transitional Living Program for as long as 18 months while working or attending school and developing the skills and resources to live independently.

Those unable to attend the clothing drive and party can drop off donations at the Youth Center, 1220 N. Highland Ave., any day between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Threads of Change sponsors include Bloomingdale’s, Eleven Nightclub & Restaurant, Instinct Magazine, LA Pride, and SoCal Social Club.

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