Saturday, December 09, 2006

Feel the need to give?

Here's one that I am going to contribute to. Thanks to Amy King for this information:

Dear Friends:

As you know, I am the Director of Homeless Youth Services at Metropolitan Community Church. We operate Sylvia’s Place, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth. Young people come to us in a variety of painful situations - they have suffered abuse, rape, domestic violence, hate crimes, sex work, addiction, HIV infection and mental illness. The one thing they have in common is that their families either can’t or won’t be there for them. We’re the only family they have.

This Christmas season, I’m asking you to be a “gay santa” - help us make sure that each of our young people has a gift under the shelter tree.

How it works:

Contact us (manager at with your snail mail address, and we’ll send you a “dear santa” letter written by one of the youth.


Hi, thanks for your interest in the Santa program. We currently have enough people buying gifts, but are in need of items to stuff in the young people’s stockings. Please consider sending 20 of any of the following items, or use your imagination:

1) Candy
2) Hats, gloves, or scarves
3) Small toys (cards, yo-yos, bubbles, etc)
4) Small sizes of hygiene items such as lotion, hand sanitizer, etc
5) Lip gloss, toenail clippers
6) Socks

Also, if you’re in the NYC area, we need food for Christmas dinner, including ham, side dishes, soda, cider, desserts.

Please send to:

MCCNY/Homeless Youth Services
Attn: Santa Project
446 W 36th St NYC NY 10018

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