Thursday, November 30, 2023

Former homeless people need ‘move-in kits.” Here’s how you can help

Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation in partnership with nonprofit Virginia Supportive Housing is holding a housewarming donation drive from July 30 through Aug. 17 to collect move-in kits of basic household items.

The kits will help welcome formerly homeless individuals into their new homes at the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center and in the community, according to a news release from the city.

“Many of our clients are moving into their new homes directly from shelter or off the streets with not much more than the clothes on their back,” said Pam Shine, homeless system manager with Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation. “Having the basic items they need to make a fresh start will go a long way in making their new unit feel more like a home.”

Bedding, bath, kitchen and cleaning kits with new, full-sized items are needed. Complete kits are most helpful, but any quantity of the items below are appreciated, preservation officials said:

Bedding kit

  • Twin sheets
  • Twin blankets
  • Pillow
  • Twin comforter

Bath kit

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • Wash cloths
  • Toilet brush
  • Plunger

Kitchen kit

  • Small pot with Lid
  • Small frying pan with lid
  • 4 plastic glasses
  • 4-piece dish set
  • 4-piece flatware
  • Can opener
  • Large serving spoon
  • Large serving fork
  • Dish towel

Cleaning kit

  • Glass cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Disinfectant cleaning product
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • Small bleach
  • Small laundry detergent
  • Package of sponges
  • Broom
  • Dust pan/brush set

Donations can be dropped off at any Virginia Beach recreation center:

Donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the donation drive, visit here or call Diane Hotaling at 757-385-1278.

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