Spare change campaign at Long Beach Airport lets passengers help the homeless

Standing in line at Long Beach Airport? Now you can use your spare change to help the homeless.

As part of its approach to address homelessness, the city on Friday announced the “Spare Change Changes Everything” campaign that lets passengers drop coins and cash into a donation box before heading through security screening at the Long Beach Airport.

The donations will go to the Homeless Services Division to help provide support to those experiencing homelessness with services including crisis housing and items such as hygiene products, food and clothing.

“Community members play an important role in the solution to end homelessness in Long Beach,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “Thanks to the generosity of travelers, the simple act of dropping in spare change can go a long way to assist others.”

About 1,800 people experience homelessness in Long Beach each day.

Airport Director Jess Romo in a statement said a donation box gives travelers the chance to donate to the local homeless population and serve neighboring communities

“Spare change can make a difference to many people in need,” he said.

Visit here for more information on donation and volunteer opportunities.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].