The NYC Grizzlies have teamed up with The Ali Forney Center to raise money and collect clothing for a great cause. LGBTQ youth comprise up to 40% of the homeless youth population in NYC. These kids experience greater levels of sexual assualt, domestic/dating/stalking violence, trauma, HIV infection, mental health issues and substance abuse than their heterosexual counterparts.
Clients with the Ali Forney Center come from all walks of life. More than 80% are kicked out of their homes for being who they are. The remainder run away due to abuse, neglect, or a combination of rejection and abuse. About half of their clients come to them from other states and some are even from around the world. 49% of their clients are male, 29% are female, 22% are transgender, 60% are African American, 30% are Latino and 10% are white. 90% are uninsured and the majority do not even have proper identification. At least 20% are HIV positive.
The Grizzlies will be collecting clothing during the first weekend of the playoffs at Randall’s Island. Follow the Event on Facebook For More Info
Here are some guidelines:
–Items must be gently used (no stains or rips)
–Clothes need to be seasonably appropriate
–Any underclothes or socks must be new
–Shoes, belts, ties and bags (backpacks, book bags, luggage and shopping bags) are also needed.
Just bring these items with you to your game on Randall’s Island during the first weekend of playoffs. A member of the Grizzlies will come by to collect them.
For those of you who don’t play softball or are not even in NYC, your help is still greatly needed. The money raised will be used to purchase additional new clothing and/or gift cards to assist The Ali Forney Center with their other programs and resources available to their clients.
The Grizzlies would like to thank everyone in advance for helping BASL make a difference in the city that means the most to us!