"To you, it may just be a winter coat you don’t often wear or a piece of clothing that no longer fits. But to community members in need, those individual donations add up. That’s why collection boxes are being placed around Columbia for Columbia Association’s (CA) seventh annual clothing drive organized by CA’s Youth and Teen Center and its Teen Outreach Committee.
Collection boxes will be stationed in October and November at:
All 10 village community association buildings
Columbia Art Center (6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center)
Youth and Teen Center @ The Barn (5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center)
Eggspectation restaurant (6010 University Blvd., Ellicott City)
Those donating can bring in new and gently used clothes, shoes and accessories, including but not limited to ties, belts, hosiery, hats, gloves, pocketbooks and jewelry. Also important are coats and socks, children’s clothes, and career clothes for both men and women.
These donated items will then be distributed to community members in need on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both distribution days will be held at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Last year’s clothing drive brought in more than 20,000 items and served more than 1,000 families. The need remains this year as well.
Volunteering opportunities are not limited solely to the youth community. CA welcomes community members and organizations wishing to participate in the project. Those who are interested in earning community service hours by assisting with the collection, sorting, set-up and distribution should contact Safire Windley at Safire.Windley@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-992-3726.
The Youth and Teen Center (YTC) at The Barn is a fun, safe way for teens and pre-teens to socialize and participate in recreational and educational programs. Columbia and Howard County kids ages 9 to 18 are welcomed year round with after-school, summertime and some weekend activities and programs that are designed to promote self-esteem and to develop life skills. The YTC is located at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. More information is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org/YTC. "