Members of the Long Beach community donated 30,000 toys and books for migrant children temporarily housed at the Convention Center – so officials want people to channel this goodwill by writing letters.
Long Beach announced a letter-writing campaign on Monday, May 10, which calls on people to write letters of encouragement for children while they wait to be united with a family member or sponsor.
“It doesn’t surprise me that our community has donated tens of thousands of toys and books for these children,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “That’s what Long Beach is. I look forward to continuing to support these children through this letter writing campaign. “
Those wishing to participate must write a letter in English or Spanish on 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper, on one side only. Letters may contain appropriate images and designs, and if placed in an envelope, the envelope should be unsealed.
Letters can be dropped off at some libraries and hotels until Saturday, May 22.
The following libraries will accept them from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday:
- Billie Jean King Main Library, 200 W. Broadway;
- Bay Shore Library, 195 Bay Shore Ave .;
- Bret Harte, 1595 W. Willow St .;
- Los Altos, 5614 Britton Drive;
- Mark Twain, 1401 E. Anaheim St .; and
- Michelle Obama, 5870 Atlantic Ave.
And the following hotels will accept letters from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily:
- Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 Pacific Coast Highway;
- Hilton Long Beach, 701 W. Ocean Blvd .;
- Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd .;
- Long Beach Airport Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive; and
- Westin Long Beach, 333 E. Ocean Blvd.