The Mt. Diablo school district is seeking donations for its foster youth and homeless students. Here is more information, which is also posted on the district’s website:
Here are several ways to help out families in Mt. Diablo Unified School District (‘District’). We have hundreds of Foster Youth and homeless students in our District. If you are interested in helping you may:
1. Donate a Hooded Sweatshirt (with a zipper) in black, gray or navy
blue. Elementary student sizes: 6-8, 10-12, 14-16; or high school
student sizes: S, M, L or XL. Sweatshirts may be dropped off at
the district office in the lobby at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord
94519. Black, gray or navy blue are the preferred colors so students
may wear them as part of their school uniform and they are popular
2. Donate a gift card(s) of any denomination. Suggested gift card
donations are: Kohl’s, Target, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, or any other gift cards. Please send contributions or requests for information to: James Wogan, District Foster Youth and Homeless liaison, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, 2730 Salvio Street, Concord 94519.
You may also drop off gift cards to Lori Amenta at the District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Room 1, Concord, CA 94519. For your convenience, Lori has purchased $10 gift cards for Target and will be happy to give you a receipt if you would like to purchase a $10 gift card from her. We try to make it very easy to donate!
3. Donate food (all year long) to our food pantry which supplies families in need with boxes of food. We have a bin in the lobby at the district office where you can place donations or contact me if you would like to hold a food drive some time during the year and we may be able to arrange for pick-up. We are always in need of peanut butter, cereal, canned fruit and pasta sauce. Any non-perishable items are appreciated. Boxes the same size as a case of copy paper
are always needed especially with lids. Empty boxes can be dropped off at the District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord 94519.
Thank you for your time and donations! Happy Holidays!”
Here is more information about the district’s services for foster youth and homeless students: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2011/10/28/mdusd-seeks-contributions-for-homeless-and-foster-youth-during-holidays/.
Do you have other ideas for ways the public could help homeless students and foster youth?
UPDATE: After this blog post was published in the Sunday Contra Costa Times, I heard that some people contacted the district to find out how they should make out donation checks. Wogan says you can make checks payable to “MDUSD HOPE.” One hundred percent of donations will go to help homeless children, he said.