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Donate Hoodies to Help Homeless Youth

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Star House Hoodie drive

Giving back has been part of our mission at SALT effect since the very start. SALT effect stands for Serving and Learning Together. Our annual Hoodie Drive benefits local youth through a the wonderful nonprofit Star House. It also gives families a simple and tangible way to help others and give back.

We want to challenge our SALT effect community to donate 500 hoodies throughout the 2021 holiday season. Hoodies will go to Star House, a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness in our hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

We donated 250 hoodies in 2020. Help us hit 500 for 2021!

A woman and four tweens and teens unloading a van, carrying white garbage bags full of hoodies.
Our kids helped unload 250 hoodies to stock the warehouse at Star House.

How to Donate Hoodies

  • Buy hoodies anywhere you like in bring them to our drop off event at Play: CBUS on Saturday, 12/11 from 3-5 p.m. (more details on the event below).
  • Buy hoodies from our Amazon wish list and have them sent directly to us anytime before Saturday, 12/11. Note: we make no commission on these wish list purchases
  • Buy hoodies anywhere you like and arrange to drop them off to us on your schedule. Our neighbors leave them on our doorstep, but if you don’t know where we live, just email us at support@salteffect.com and we’ll set something up.

What Hoodies Should I Buy

  • Any adult size will work
  • Any color EXCEPT red and blue (potential gang affiliation)
  • Words and logos are ok as long as they are positive and don’t reference drugs/alcohol/violence/profanity
  • Full zip, partial zip and no zip are all fine

More About the Drop Off Event

WHEN: Saturday, 12/11 3-5 p.m.
WHERE: Play: CBUS, 535 Lakeview Plaza Blvd, Worthington
Just come and drop off, or stay and play! Discounted tickets are $35 with $5 going to Star House

We would love to meet you and hang out when you drop off hoodies if you’ve got time to bring your kids and hang around.

Play: CBUS is partnering with us to host the drop-off event this year on Saturday, 12/11 from 3-5 p.m. Play: CBUS is a massive indoor “playground” for big kids, with a high ropes course, climbing walls and ninja warrior courses. It also has a full-service kitchen and bar.

We will offer $35 discounted tickets to play with $5 from each ticket going back to Star House. A portion of food and drink proceeds during the event will also go to Star House.

You can come just to drop off or choose to stay and play. Totally up to you!

We’ve partnered with Play: CBUS before. Here’s a quick review about why we love it if you haven’t been.

collecting hoodies to donate
Masked up for the 2020 hoodie drop off. You donated 250 hoodies in 2020 and we want to hit 500 for 2021.

A Great Way for Families to Give Back

We started this hoodie drive in 2020 and hope to see it become an annual holiday tradition to support a local nonprofit focused on kids. This supports our community, and it also gives families an easy and tangible way to serve.

Our families have a broad definition of serving. That comes from a firm belief that there is no one “right way” to give back. How we give back can depend on our time of life, our personality, our family dynamics, our income and so many other factors.

Our post with 117 ideas for volunteering with your family gives options to fit any circumstances.

It can help busy families to embrace this broader way of thinking about volunteering that we love (it’s the brain child of Kristie’s mom and aunt):

Infographic titled "What It Means To SERVE." Each letter of SERVE is defined: share, encourage, respond, volunteer, enrich. Each definition includes different ways to serve others.
We love this infographic as a reminder that organized volunteering is only one of many ways to serve others.

How Your Hoodies Make a Difference

We love supporting Star House as a nonprofit that specifically helps teens. As moms of tweens and teens, it’s hard to imagine kids the same age as ours without the security of a home.

We called them in 2020 and just asked “How can we help? What do you need?” And they said hoodies. All colors and sizes. It’s a small but important way to meet a physical need and show love to these young people. And Star House has the warehouse space to store whatever we give and hand them out all year long.

Here is the description straight from the Star House website on what they do:

Star House is a social service agency that operates Central Ohio’s only drop-in center for youth, ages 14-24, who are experiencing homelessness.  At our drop-in center, youth are provided access to food, clothing, hygiene items, laundry facilities, showers and a safe place to be. Beyond basic needs, our clinical team provides therapy and case management, and partner agencies provide on-site and community-based access to stabilizing resources, such as housing, transportation, health care, employment, education, addiction services, legal aid, government benefits, ID cards and more. In addition, along with Finance Fund and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Star House operates Carol Stewart Village (CSV)—a neighborhood for young adults, ages 18-24, with on-site programs and services

The Columbus Dispatch published this video a couple years ago about homeless youth in Central Ohio and the work Star House does to help.

How Does Star House Help Youth

Star House estimates that more than 3,000 young people in Franklin County, ages 14-24, fall into homelessness each year.

In 2020, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Star House served 882 young people and their small children.

Of the youth who accessed Star House for three months or more:

  • 75% obtained housing
  • 71% received therapy/care management
  • 84% obtained employment
  • 89% received medical care
  • 91% received transportation assistance

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9 Comments

  1. Brianne Warthman says:

    This is great! We might not be able to do this, but we usually buy gifts to donate to the Homeless Families Foundation. We will keep hoodies in mind while we’re shopping though!

    1. Kristie Sigler says:

      Thanks Brianne! We love hearing all the ways families give back during the holidays.

  2. Diana Holt says:

    I love this idea! We are planning on buying on Amazon and donating. Something simple to do, but meaningful and impactful!

  3. Audra Gleich says:

    What a great idea. I’ll look for hoodies this week.

  4. Michelle Collings says:

    Wonderful Way to give back! Thank you for creating a wish list on Amazon to easily send a hoodie.

  5. Callie Dunn says:

    Love this giving opportunity. Last year it was a great way to teach my 11 year old and 6 year old about giving and we will participate again this year.

  6. What a wonderful idea. I never thought to donate Hoodies.

  7. Excited to do this again this year (yep, instead of our Christmas cards). Posted on our neighborhood page too. Neighbors wondering if they can donate used also, or just new? Thanks for collecting again.

    1. Kristie Sigler says:

      Hi Jennie! We love sharing your story about donating instead of sending cards! 🙂 Star House is still only accepting new hoodies. Thanks for spreading the word!!

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