Fall River’s Re-Start Teen Closet to Help Couch-Surfing Youth in Need
Roughly one in 20 youth in the Greater Fall River area "couch surf"’ and rely on their guidance counselors for basic hygiene items throughout the school year. When schools are closed for vacations, these teens are left to fend for themselves. And while "couch surfing" may be a fun name, not knowing where you'll sleep each night or having to have extended "sleepovers" at friends' homes is not a fun situation to be in, not to mention for someone already dealing with the 'awkward teenage years'.
This year, Fun 107 is teaming up with the United Way of Greater Fall River, Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community, and community partners like Spindle City Auto Glass, IZ Schwartz Appliance, New England Pawnbrokers, City Wide Glass, Potter's Printing, Fall River Municipal Credit Union, and Sonic of Somerset to stock the Re-Start Teen Closet with hygienic supplies unaccompanied teens need most.
Thanks to Dutchman Dental, we're kicking off our effort with 500 new toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste and floss! But there are plenty of other items needed to stock the closet, including:
- 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners
- dry shampoo
- body wash
- deodorants for both genders
- feminine products
- body sprays for both genders
- hair elastics
- new socks and underwear for both genders
Having a "Teen Closet" will help youth across the city have access to the basic items they need while navigating complicated housing circumstances. You can get involved with this city-wide effort to give unaccompanied youth their dignity during trying times.
- Text to Donate: Text the code word ReStartTeen (all one word) to 44-321
Host a supply drive at your place of work. Focus on one or two items and see how much your employees and clients can help to collect. We'll arrange for pick-up at your place!
- Host a dress down day and use the money to make a donation towards the Teen ReStart Closet project via the United Way of Greater Fall River.
- Buy items from the United Way of Greater Fall River's Amazon Wish List here. The package will get shipped directly to the Bedford Street office.
- OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY, OUR LIVE BROADCAST HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Drop off your donations to us on Saturday, March 14th as we broadcast live from Walmart in Fall River in a final effort to stock the closets before spring vacations.
- Drop off your donations to a participating St. Anne's Credit Union locations throughout Fall River or at IZ Schwartz, 110 Slades Ferry Ave, Somerset
- Or... just make a quick, secure online donation and let us do the shopping!