The Drop-In Center, a program of the Tulane University School of Medicine that provides both medical and social services for runaway and homeless youth in New Orleans, is accepting winter-wear donations through its “Socking It to Winter” drive.
The drive continues through Dec. 16 with donations benefiting homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 23.
The Drop-In Center
is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine Section, and it is located near the French Quarter at 1461 N. Claiborne Ave.
“Our clients are homeless and will spend most of their time outside during these cold months,” says Elizabeth Jones, senior program coordinator at the Drop-In Center. “To be able to provide them items that will help ease that already difficult burden was the main purpose behind the drive.”
Items sought include socks, hats, gloves, scarves, thermal shirts and pants, and underwear for both males and females.
Collection boxes are located at the Drop-In Center, the Tulane School of Social Work, the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, The Social Club and the New Orleans Healing Center.
Although the Drop-In Center accepts donations year-round, this is the first year that a winter drive is taking place. Jones says the drive will be an annual event, and she hopes it continues to grow.
Greg Thomson is a junior at Tulane University studying communication.