Donations To Covenant House Comfort Homeless Youth

(L-R): Darius Hunter and Har Kaur, Covenant House Florida youth residents; and Betsy Syprien, director of supportive services for Covenant House Florida. Covenant House Florida youth residents receive new pillow and sock donations from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and Hanes.

Winter weather and the holidays are a particularly difficult time for thousands of homeless youth across the state who lack shelter and a family support system. Thanks to generous donations from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and Hanes, Covenant House Florida’s youth residents will be comforted from head to toe with fluffy new pillows and cozy socks.

“We are so thankful for these generous donations from Hanes and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood,” said Michael Long, CEO of Covenant House Florida. “For so many of the youth who come to us, the only belongings they have are those that they are wearing or carrying in a backpack. A soft pillow for a good night’s rest and some warm socks, along with our other services, provide the relief and comfort our youth need and deserve.”

Socks are the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. Hanes has responded to this need by partnering with Covenant House to donate thousands of pairs of socks to homeless youth at Covenant House shelters nationwide through the brand’s National Sock Drive.

Covenant House Florida’s 733 Breakers Avenue shelter in Fort Lauderdale has experienced 700 admissions in 2018.  With so many young adults in need of a safe, warm and welcoming place to rest, bedding items such as pillows, are in high demand. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has generously donated 75 new pillows sets.

Covenant House Florida provides comprehensive services to young people experiencing homelessness in Florida. The agency offers vulnerable youth a bridge from homelessness to hope, providing them access to a wide array of essential services such as safe shelter, medical and mental health care, and educational and vocational assistance.


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