Donations needed to help homeless youth through the winter
Champlin Park High School’s student council is sponsoring Hope 4 Youth’s Drive for 5 event. Champlin Park students are asking for help collecting 32” duffel bags, sleeping gear, teen clothing and outerwear, meals on the go and transportation assistance.
The duffel bags will be used for homeless youth to carry their bedding, hygiene products, food and personal belongings. They can be new or used and need to be at least 32” long.
Students are also asking for new or used sleeping bags, pillows and camp mats for sleeping.
Need a good reason to go through your closet and clear out the things you don’t wear anymore? Consider donating pants, shirts, sweaters, shoes, boots, coats, hats and gloves.
Have any canned or non-parishable items hanging around that won’t be eaten any time soon? Donate them to Hope 4 Youth. Keep in mind that kids need foods high in protein and that can be easily prepared like peanut butter, pasta sides, mac n cheese, beef stew, ramen noodles and ravioli.
Lastly, kids need help getting around to school, work and Hope 4 Youth. Bus passes are available at Cub Foods and gas cards available at Super America are always needed and appreciated.
The packs will be given out each night at drop off center to Anoka County youth experiencing homelessness. With the packs they have a better chance of surviving harsh winters and getting a decent night sleep. The “Drive for 5” sponsored by Champlin Park High School’s student council is also accepting school supplies as 83 percent of homeless youth still attend school. The school asks that donators enter through the school at door E1 to drop off donations.