As temperatures continue to drop people start to dust off their fall and winter clothes. But not everyone in St. Cloud is as fortunate, so one local school is stepping up and hosting a Fall Clothing Drive to make sure everyone can stay warm.
Athlos Academy says they want to make sure their students not only develope their mind and body but also develop good character. That’s why for the second year in a row Athlos is teaming up with Anna Marie’s Alliance for their fall clothing drive.
“It’s a great way for our students to understand that this is a bigger world these are people with in their own community that they can reach out to help” Say Athlos Executive Director Randy Vetsch, “Sometimes we just see the big global things that are going on but sometimes we don’t see right here in our own community that there are needs that are present.”
Athlos Academy’s Social Worker Carrie Cremers says its also import to get the students involved with the drive rather than just ask for donations.
“Last year we had some student from Athlos actually go to Anna Marie’s and help carry all the items in and drop them off so that was really cool for them to learn where it is and what they are actually donating,” says Cremers.
But it’s more then just a clothing drive, they are also looking for everyday essentials like Kleenex’s and children’s toiletries.
‘What people don’t often time think about is when people come to the shelter it is their home while they are here” Says Anna Marie’s Executive Director Charles Hempeck
“If you think about it we are running a home for 36 people anything to do with toiletries, paper products diapers. Anything that goes along with being a family, anything to run a house hold, we need that too.” Hempeck says.
This year the school is asking for:
- Slippers with soles
- Gently used fall clothing
- Baby wipes
- Chap stick
- Face cleaner
- Body wash
- New women’s underwear
- Women’s socks
- Small manicure kits
- New boy’s and girl’s underwear
- Women’s belts
“We provide services from everyone from infants to people in their 70s and 80s so we need clothing for all different folks and of different ages.” Hempeck says.
The clothing drive kicked off this week and they will be accepting donations until October 6th. To donate simply bring your items to Athlos Academy, 3701 33rd Street South, St. Cloud, anytime between 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.