LBSU Provides Relief
Beach Pride Events allows students to contribute to a community in need
By Lexi Stroud Contributor
LBSU Project Relief was held on Tuesday, Oct. 19 by the Beach Pride Events team as a part of OUTober month in partnership with the AIDS Food Store of Long Beach. Project Relief’s goal was to collect food, clothing and hygiene products to donate to the store, which provides food and basic supplies for clients in need biweekly.
“We wanted to create an event that directly helped the community we live in,” said Javier Gonzales, Beach Pride Events Program Assistant. “When we reached out to the community, the AIDS Food Store was the most responsive and excited to work with our students.”
Students were asked to bring in gently used clothing, nonperishable food products and hygiene products like deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Those participating in the drive also made cards to pass on some good words to people in need and decorated the donation bags.
“I saw Beach Pride Events doing something really awesome thing for people in need,” said Lisa Lung, 19, pre-nursing student, “I really wanted to be a part of it and decorate the bags for donations!”
Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, volunteers gather at the AIDS Food Store’s offices to distribute food and provide a place for clients to socialize with volunteers and each other.
“We aim to create an environment where our clients can do more than just pick up their food and leave,” said Carol Lopez, AIDS Food Store Nutrition Specialist, “We want them to feel at home and welcome every time they come and socialize with us.”
The AIDS Food Store is always accepting volunteers. You can email email@example.com or call (562) 434–3425 to find out how to get involved.