Katie show to visit Wayne State to help Alternatives for Girls fill Christmas lists

November 10, 2013

Producers of Katie Couric's talk show Katie will be at Wayne State University on Monday, Nov. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the WSU Student Center to try and help Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based nonprofit serving homeless and high-risk girls and young women, fill its Christmas list and bring awareness to the organization.

The show is asking Wayne State students, employees and Detroiter's to adopt one girl's holiday wish list for $30, or to make another donation to the organization. The WSU community will come together for a pep rally type gathering to support the effort.  

Alternatives for Girls is looking for new items for women and children, including:


Bras and Panties





Hats, scarfs and mittens

Winter coats

Snow pants


Winter boots

Duffle Bags/Suit cases


Writing Journals and pens

Board Games

Children's Toys


Bath and Body sets

Bath towel sets

Alternative for Girl's mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. The inspiration for Alternatives For Girls came in 1985 when a group of southwest Detroit residents, clergy and business people began to share concerns about the alarming increase in drug use, homelessness, prostitution and street activity among girls and young women. Originally a small, volunteer-run program, operating a five-bed emergency shelter in a neighborhood church, AFG has evolved into a multi-service agency with over 50 employees.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students.