CLEARWATER – The third annual Drop (off) Your Drawers underwear drive is underway at Clothes to Kids.
Each needy school-aged child who shops at Clothes to Kids receives five pairs of new underwear as part of his or her wardrobe. This year, the nonprofit organization will give out more than 67,500 pairs of underwear, and at about $1.75 per pair, that is an enormous expense. Companies, civic groups, places of worship, schools, and all kinds of organizations and individuals are encouraged to sign up to collect new, unopened packages of underwear until the end of October. After the collection, bring them to a Clothes to Kids store any time in October, either at 1059 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater, or 3251 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
To sign up and receive flyers, contact Jennifer Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 441-5050, ext. 22. The official collection day is Friday, Oct. 25.
Sizes especially needed are girls sizes 4-16, boys 4-16 (boxers or briefs,) junior girls size 5 and up (bikinis,) and young men, sizes 30 and up (boxers.) Boxers are the most-needed item the organization provides.
Clearwater Police Department is participating in this drive. Residents can bring donations of new underwear to the headquarters building at 645 Pierce St.