One big way The Door needs assistance is clothes. Especially new clothes such as t-shirts, underwear (any kind), socks and sweatpants. Also needed are food and hygiene products for all genders. DVDs are also good (I would keep it to PG-13) as well as age-appropriate books for their lounge (ages 12-18).
Also, if you would like to give your free time to help, the organization needs volunteers with sorting and organizing donated clothes, as well as outreach workers who bring snack packs, lunches and hygiene products to people in the community. If anyone wants to do this but not go it alone, see me and I will try to organize a group. Plus, as many of you New Yorkers know, the city is not the best at providing a respectable budget for the least of these. Advocacy work is so important in supporting organizations like the The Door. If you would like to join the listserv of various groups who participate in letter writing campaigns to combat this, please see me and I will make sure you get on.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Ms. Meckler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On January 29, we at OSA celebrate "Reconciling in Christ" Sunday, meaning that we continue to affirm that we openly welcome all LGBT folks and do not pass judgment on them for who they are. Supporting organizations such as The Door is one way we live this call out into the world, that even if society (and sometimes the church) marginalizes people because they are seen as "different", then we will instead embrace them as our own because we know that God loves us all. I ask that you please take the opportunity to pray and see how you can help your neighbor by supporting The Door.