The act of giving during the holidays will feel—and sound—so good this Sunday, December 8, at Eleven Nightclub in West Hollywood, when the Threads of Change clothing drive party returns for its seventh year. The event, sponsored by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Young Professionals Council (YPC), will collect gently used clothes for homeless LGBT youth served by the Center. American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox from Season 9 will perform her latest single, “Coming Out for Christmas.”
To add to the excitement, out athletes Jason Collins and Robbie Rogers will donate clothes from their closets and Iron Fist Clothing is giving $4,000 worth of clothes and accessories, which will help stock the closet at the Center’s Youth Center on Highland where staff distribute an average of 1,200 clothing items each month.
“Our homeless LGBT youth will stay warmer this season—thanks to Iron Fist and inspirational sports figures like Jason and Robbie who are making a huge difference. We just hope someone can fit into Jason’s clothes!” says YPC member and event co-chair Tommy Johnson. “And to have Crystal entertain our guests with her latest holiday hit will truly make everyone’s spirits brighter. She is our American Idol!”
Admission to the clothing drive party is free, and guests who donate a bag of gently used clothes will receive a complimentary mimosa.
Items of apparel for men and women in greatest demand are:
· Gently used casual clothes (of all adult sizes)
· Gently used professional attire for job interviews
· Gently used winter coats and sweaters
· Shoes in excellent condition
· New socks and underwear
Guests are encouraged to post photos of their fashionable donations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to @LAGayCenter with hashtag #YPCThreads.
Those unable to attend the clothing drive and party can drop off donations at the Youth Center on Highland, 1220 N. Highland Ave., any day between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.