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Give Back to Local Youth with the p:ear Giving Tree

Posted 02 November 2017

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Every winter, our youth are looking for basic needs such as socks, backpacks, bus tickets, gift cards, art supplies and other items that are around $25. The Giving Tree helps us supply our youth with the things they need throughout the year.

The Armory is thrilled to host its annual Giving Tree for p:ear, a fantastic local organization whose mission is to build positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth, from ages 15 to 24, through education, art and recreation.

How does it work? Simply choose an ornament from our Giving Tree hosted in our lobby and return it with the gift item listed on the back for a client at p:ear by December 22nd. Gifts for p:ear clients should be unwrapped and new or gently used.

Here are some examples from year’s past wish lists:

  • Knitting/crochet needles
  • 35mm black & white film
  • Movie tickets
  • Journals & gel pens
  • Acrylic paint
  • Hair dryer
  • Colored duct tape
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Matching gloves & hat
  • Backpack
  • Tri-met tickets
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • Beeswax
  • Gift certificates for: Fred Meyer, Ross, Payless Shoes, Apple Music, TruValue, Powell's, Art Media, Michael's or Rite-Aid.

p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year our programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people ages 15 to 24.

To truly exit homelessness, kids must develop the internal strength, skills and foresight to make healthy choices. p:ear provides a safe, non-judgmental environment in which youth are trusted to outgrow unproductive and harmful behaviors. We offer individualized mentoring and education programs in a safe, reliable setting designed to foster trust, build self-esteem and to teach homeless and transitional kids – who all too often are regarded by society as disposable, “hopeless cases” – that they are valuable individuals with a future who have something vital to contribute to this community.

p:ear staff and volunteers serve as mentors, friends, and role models, while p:ear’s unique programs create opportunities for young people to grow intellectually, express themselves constructively, communicate in positive ways and engage in meaningful interactions with the larger community of Portland. This is not work that can be accomplished in the short-term. These are relationships based on trust that take years to cultivate and require enormous dedication to sustain.

We are committed to being there for p:ear youth over the long-haul to share failures and successes, mundane events as well as life-altering milestones.

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