…. bringing holiday magic to LGBTQIA+ teens
As part of our #ProtectTransKids projects from 2022, PLC is working with the community to end the year with a little holiday magic. We are collecting gift cards to distribute to LGBTQIA+ teens ages 12-21 in partnership with local queer and trans led organizations. Our hope is to reach 200 youth in partnership with groups like Pittsburgh Public Schools GSAs, Project Silk, Proud Haven, PFLAG Families Like Ours, and more.
This has been a very challenging year for our youth who have often been targeted by extremist policies and disinformation campaigns – they deserve to end the year on a loving and supportive note, not as political footballs. This is not about financial need. This is about being the adults in their lives who understand the toll this rhetoric takes and doing something proactive to resist, regardless of their other privileges.
You can donate a gift card in any amount and we will make sure it gets to them before the end of the year.
We work with registered community partners to provide gift cards for their youth.
|Date||Registered LGBTQ Youth||Gift Cards Donated|
|17 Dec 2022||411||315|
|8 Dec 2022||363||250|
|24 Nov 2022||338||150|
Registered partners include
- Pittsburgh Public Schools
- Proud Haven
- Project Silk
- Washington County GSA
- PFLAG Families Like Ours
- Love’s Diamond Project
- Dreams of Hope
- West Mifflin Area School District GSA
- your LGBTQ group can register here
We suggest these retailers and vendors
- Target and Wal-Mart
- Rite Aid/Walgreens/CVS
- iTunes/Apple/gaming cards
- Subway/McDonalds/Wendys/Taco Bell/Panera/etc
- Starbucks, Adda Coffee, Yinz Coffee, Commonplace Coffee, etc
- Giant Eagle/Shop ‘n Save/Kuhns/Aldi
- Local and chain bookstores
- Record stores
- Sephora, Ulta, Lush and similar stores
- Dick’s Sporting Goods and similar stores
- Forever 21, Etsy, and similar fashion stores
- Eat ‘n Park, IHOP, Dunkin,Primantis and similar restaurants
How and where to donate
E-gift cards can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Physical gift cards can be mailed to 1439 W. North Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please notify us before dropping them off in person.
To donate financially, use these links. Please make a note with your donation to ensure it is designated for this specific project. Pittsburgh LGBTQ Charities (PLC) is a 501c3 registered with the IRS and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
GoFundMe Charities (no fees)
Venmo @PittsburghLGBTQ (fees)
Paypal bit.ly/PayPalPLC (no fees)
Facebook.com/PittsburghLGBTQ – click ‘Donations” (no fees)
Checks can be made payable to “Pittsburgh LGBTQ Charities” and mailed to 1439 W. North Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15233
DEADLINE FOR CARD DONATIONS: December 31, 2022