Sue Ann Obremski and Diane Gordon
Perhaps you know that one of the charities The Women of Quail Creek (TWOQC) support is Youth On Their Own (YOTO) at YOTO.org. There are 2,003 students grades six through 12 in the Pima County program; of those, 23 are in the Green Valley/Sahuarita area. Normally, at this time, TWOQC is collecting back-to-school supplies for the YOTO students. However, that is not happening at this time because of the uncertainty of in-school classes this fall.
COVID-19 has been part of our lives for the past several months and has affected us in different ways. These youth also are affected, and their normal lives have been upended and are filled with uncertainty. Now with the continuing debilitating effects of COVID-19, things have gotten worse. The questions of where they would get supplies to eat, where they may be sleeping that night, or how they would manage school and a job are even more pressing.
The Women of Quail Creek is asking for your help to assist these youth. With the possibility of starting the school year online, YOTO can use laptops, which they’ll rebuild and give to the students so they can continue their education. If you have an old laptop to donate, it would be greatly appreciated and accepted.
Also, YOTO is reopening their Mini Mall. The Mini Mall is an area at the YOTO location set up like a small grocery store, carrying non-perishable food and personal hygiene items. The students “shop” for the items they need. Over the last few months, the inventory is depleted and little is left. Your donation of just two cans of food can help put food on the shelves at the YOTO Mini Mart. Of course, larger donations are even better!
These are the items needed:
Food: ramen noodles, canned chunky soup, canned mixed veggie, canned fruit, dry pasta, canned pasta sauce, mac ‘n cheese, canned chili, refried beans, peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal, cereal, and canned tuna or chicken.
Basic hygiene: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, feminine hygiene products, razors, and body lotion.
Household essentials: toilet paper, laundry pods, dish soap, and all-purpose cleaner.
If you would prefer, a cash donation is also appreciated. There are two options:
1. Make the check payable to TWOQC, put YOTO in the memo of the check, and Sue Ann will buy needed items with those funds.
2. Make the check payable to YOTO. The YOTO checks will be given directly to them to purchase what is needed.
Checks can be dropped off at the addresses below.
Anything you wish to donate will truly be appreciated. Your donations can be dropped off at the following addresses, placing them in the bin outside the respective front doors. Sue Ann, the YOTO committee chairperson, will deliver the donated items to the YOTO office.
There are many needy organizations that are struggling at the current time and Youth on Their Own is among them. Please consider donating what you can no matter how small.
Drop-off addresses in Quail Creek:
Sue Ann Obremski – 531 N. Keyes Rd
Karen Baker – 475 N. Keyes Rd.
Beth Davis – 2258 E. Spurwind Ln.
Jane Gold – Unit 24 Only – 1694 N. Dry Springs Dr.