Dear IMA Families and Friends,

The Adolescent Community at Isthmus Montessori Academy is holding a Supplies Drive to benefit homeless youth at Briarpatch. Briarpatch is an organization that serves at-risk youth and families in various ways, particularly in the area of homelessness. One of our IMA community parents helps run their Transitional Housing program, so we wanted to get involved and help provide supplies for the young people who are living there. You can learn more about this program here.

We are asking for supplies (a specific list is below) rather than most foods, because more resources are available for food, like food stamps and food pantries. Homeless people, especially teenagers, are in need of the sort of things they cannot purchase with a Quest/foodstamps card. We also can show them that we care about their well-being by providing the specific items they need.

Our supplies drive will run through the end of this week — March 10. Any supplies you can donate will be delivered directly to Briarpatch next week. You can drop supplies off in the bins outside our AD classroom.

Thank you so much for your consideration and kindness. Please contact Ms. Allison with any questions or stop by our classroom.


Best wishes,
Ms. Allison and the Adolescent Community


Items Needed — all clothing should be new, not used

  • Anti-diarrhea tablets
  • Bandaids and other portable first aid items
  • Bath Towels
  • Bras (sizes 32-36)
  • Bug spray
  • Bus passes (youth & adult)
  • Combs / brushes
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Food gift cards ($10-25)
  • Grocery gift cards
  • Hair picks
  • Hoodies
  • Lip balm
  • Men’s and women’s socks, short and long
  • Nail clippers
  • Pepper spray
  • Q-tips
  • Rain covers / rain shields
  • Rain gear
  • Razors
  • Ready-to-eat, non-perishable food items (no can goods — bars, ramen, jerky, candy, etc)
  • Shoes (durable and weather appropriate, any size)
  • Shorts
  • Sun screen
  • Tee shirts
  • Tissues
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Twin sheet sets
  • Umbrellas
  • Washcloths
  • Wet wipes
  • Women’s hygiene products (tampons and pads)
  • Women’s underwear (sizes 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • 2600mAh Portable Mobile USB Power Bank External Battery Charger (for cell phone backup)

Hair products, more specifically:

  • As I Am Coconut Cowash Conditioner
  • Blue Magic hair grease
  • Doo-gro Jamaican black castor oil leave-in conditioner
  • Duke Waves & Fades black durag
  • Luster’s pink lotion
  • OGX Moroccan Argan oil
  • Satin sleeping caps (all sizes)
  • Shea Moisture brand shampoo, leave-in conditioner, African black soap, 100% pure oils, Control Friz, Yucca & Plantain anti-Breakage Strengthening MasqueSuperfruit Comples 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Mask

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