BRENTWOOD—The Westside Winter Shelter Donation Drive is open this year to help hundreds of homeless people on the Westside from now until Friday, December 16.
The Westside Winter Shelter Program is hosted every year by Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin with the goal of attaining supplies needed to operate the shelter at the West Los Angles National Guard armory, which will remain open until March 1, 2017. The shelter offers 160 beds for homeless people in the Westside community.
The shelter is currently accepting clothing, toiletries, personal and miscellaneous items. Clothing donations are open to T-shirts, coats, gloves and shoes. Toiletry items include razors, deodorant, hairbrushes and hand sanitizers. Personal items such as backpacks and reading glasses, and miscellaneous items including magazines and first aid kits are accepted.
Bonin told PATH, an agency working to end homelessness, that it is important for people to know the Winter Shelter is open and that a bed is waiting for them. To help individuals get to the shelter, shuttles arrive at the pickup location on Market Street and Ocean Front Walk every evening from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Items can be dropped off at any Council District 11 office until December 16. The three locations include: the West Los Angeles office located on 1645 Corinth Ave., City Hall located on 200 North Spring St., and the Westchester office located on 7166 West Manchester Ave.