On Monday, Jan. 15, we will center Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s focus on Justice through service. The MLK Day Committee is proud to partner with Pathways 4 Youth, a service of Lutheran Social of Minnesota.

Pathway 4 Youth is a resource center in St. Cloud, for youth ages 16-24 who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Pathways offers a safe, secure, nonjudgmental space and services to meet individuals’ needs and to support their growth. They also assist youth with area resources and building connections within the community. 

We invite you to partner with them by donating items to restock the supplies they offer youth. More youth are asking for services every year.

  • 2023 (Jan.-Sept.): 906 visits and counting.
  • 2022: 992 visits from youth and around 560 total youth.
  • 2021: 586 visits from youth and around 450 total youth.

Below is a list of items you can bring to the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15. Items unique to the Beloved Community may include silk bonnet/satin scarves and hair products for people with Afro-textured or curly hair. Ready-made food that requires no cooking is highly in demand.

Donations will also be collected from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. during MLK Family Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 13 at St. Cloud State University.

Dr. King once said, "Anybody can be great because anybody can serve." Dr. King committed his life to public service. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebreation provides another great opportunity for all of us to be great by serving our community.

Items in Need

Clothing Items

  • Towel
  • Washcloth or Loofah
  • Blanket
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand sanitize
  • Feminine Pads
  • Tampons
  • Q-tips or Cotton Buds
  • Sanitary Hand Wipes
  • Chapstick
  • Band-aids
  • Kleenex
  • Silk Bonnet or Satin Scarf
  • Backpack
  • T-Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Sweatshirt
  • Pants
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Winter Jacket
  • Winter Gloves
  • Winter Hat
  • Winter boots (if available)

Food Items

  • Rice-a-Roni or Knorr Rice Sides
  • Knorr Pasta Side Dishes
  • Beef Ramen (cup or package)
  • Chicken Ramen (cup or package)
  • Mac & Cheese (box or cups)
  • Can Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Can Ravioli
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Spam
  • Complete Microwave Meals
  • Beef Stew
  • Can Chili
  • Tuna (can or package)
  • Chicken (can or package)

Hygiene, Baby or Other Items

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Feminine Pads
  • Tampons
  • Q-tips or Cotton Buds
  • Sanitary Hand Wipes
  • Chapstick
  • Band-aids
  • Kleenex
  • Silk Bonnet or Satin Scarf
  • Bar Soap
  • Shampoo (Straight, Afro-textured or Curly Hair)
  • Conditioner (Straight, Afro-textured, Curly Hair)
  • Body Wash
  • Body Lotion
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Ponytail hair ties
  • Comb or Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Can opener
  • Reusable Water bottle
  • Face Mask
  • Nail clipper
  • Insect Repellant/Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Diapers
  • Baby Shampoo or Wash
  • Baby Wipes
  • Tide Pods
  • Condoms
  • Hand Warmer Packets
  • Dental dams