(Orange, Texas)


August 3, 2007

Annual clothing drive to benefit needy children

By Tommy Mann Jr.

The Orange Leader

An annually held clothing drive is in dire straits this summer as clothing donations have tapered off over the last year.

The seventh annual “Back to School Clothing Drive” is scheduled starting at 8 a.m., Aug. 18 at Colony Baptist Church at 13353 FM 1130 in Mauriceville.

According to church member and program volunteer Sheryl Loomis, the church held program helped more than 500 children and parents in 2006.

“Normally, we have plenty of clothes by this time of year as we get ready for the clothing drive,” Loomis said. “But we are very short on children’s clothing and definitely in need.”

The church program offers children and adults free clothing as the beginning of school approaches. School supplies are no longer included in the program as most area schools have programs to help their own students.

“This clothing drive isn’t just for Orange County residents,” Loomis said. “People from all over the Golden Triangle are welcome to come out. They don’t need to bring proof of income or residency or anything like that. We just want people to come out if they need help.”

Items being requested by the church for the clothing drive include shirts, shorts, pants, socks, shoes, underwear, backpacks, purses and even coats.

“Even though it is hot right now, we try to make sure people know we have coats available,” Loomis said. “Winter is only a few months away and some children will need those too.”

Loomis and the church are seeking children’s clothes, including baby clothing, as well as clothing for older children and even adults.

“It is a back to school event, but parents need clothes too,” Loomis said. “”We’ve had a harder time getting children’s clothing the last couple of years, and we’re not sure why.”

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