RPAL ‘Love ‘N A Can’ project needs donations of gift cards, toiletries

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Police are hoping neighbors will give them blankets that they can bring to Richmond's homeless during the recent cold spell.

A Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) event on Dec. 19 that will have local youth directly providing assistance to the homeless is still in need of donations, organizers said.

RPAL has set out to help the local homeless survive the coming winter while also providing local youth with the humbling mission of meeting with people in need and providing them with assistance.

The community is encouraged to donate gift cards (particularly for food), toothbrushes, toothpaste and other supplies that youth will pass along to the homeless. Other accepted items include soaps, razors and shaving cream, along with face towels. See the flier below for more information on this program, called the Love ‘N A Can Project.’

“We are teaching our youth to give back,” said Vanessa Calloway, mentor project coordinator. “We are exposing them to another perspective.”

RPAL, which is also seeking community members to volunteer for its Be A Mentor program, is located at 2200 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond. Those wishing to donate can contact Calloway at (510) 621-1290 or vcalloway@rpal.org.

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