CLEVELAND — News 5 continues to look for ways you can safely help your community during the new coronavirus pandemic. The Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men's Shelter in Cleveland is the largest shelter in Ohio; serving 300-plus men a night. The shelter is in need of toiletry items.
Leaders say so far, they haven’t experienced a significant increase in sheltering needs, despite growing unemployment and economic fallout.
However, the response to the outbreak has changed things for the shelter. Right now, they say at least 90 of the most vulnerable residents have been relocated to off-site space to help with social distancing.
Leaders say it has created pressing needs that they’re asking for help addressing.
They need toiletry items in pre-assembled Ziplock bags.
Here’s the list of items they’re requesting:
• Shampoo (travel or full-size)
• Small lotion
• Toothbrush, small toothpaste
• Disposable razors, shaving cream
• Combs & picks or brushes
• Soap, bar, body wash
• Lip balm
• Pocket-size Kleenex pack
They are also looking for volunteers to sew face masks for at-risk residents and front-line staff at the men’s, family and youth shelters.
Here is the how-to YouTube video they shared:
They ask that you mail the donations to:
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men's Shelter"
2100 Lakeside Avenue , Cleveland, OH 44114
Attention: David Blunt, Operations Director
LMM staff also says financial donations are appreciated right now and can be made online at www.lutheranmetro.org.
You can contact Lydia Bailey, Coordinator of Volunteers, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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