Clothing Drive

Tiffany Lippmann, Contributing Writer

The 12th Annual Spring Clothing Drive began Tuesday, March 12 and lasted until Thursday, March 21.  Since so many people in Port Washington cannot afford upcoming seasonal clothing, sporting equipment, or concert apparel, this annual event is crucial to our community.  

“I have seen these before, and I participate every year.  It’s a good idea because not everyone is as fortunate as others,” said junior Andy Nicasio.

The Port Washington School District collected clothing and sports equipment for the clothing drive.  It’s a great opportunity for anyone who has outgrown last year’s spring or summer clothing, and it is also very helpful for many in the community.  All items donated had to be clean and in good condition.

Other items that were collected included coats, t-shirts, hats, pants, and flip-flops of all sizes, as well as any accessories.  Donors were asked to avoid using identifiable items, such as personalized bars and bat mitzvah apparel.

“I think that it’s an amazing idea, and that it will help kids feel included in events that they might otherwise not be able to enjoy,” said sophomore Jimin Lee.

Collection boxes were placed in the lobbies of every school, so all students in the district could donate items and clothing at any convenient time throughout the day.  Residents of Port Washington were also able to drop off any items they were donating at the Manorhaven Pool.  

The event was co-sponsored by the Port Washington School District, the Port Washington’s Parents Council, and the Town of North Hempstead.

Anyone donating to the drive or receiving donations who has any questions regarding the event were asked to contact their student’s guidance counselor. 

“I think it’s a great event and a great thing to do because it allows you to get rid of things that you don’t want or use anymore and it gives it a new purpose by giving it to someone in need instead of it going to landfills,” said freshman Bethany Ekezie. 

This event not only helps the people donating and receiving donations, but it also benefits the environment.  By donating used items, people are reusing those materials instead of throwing them out and creating more garbage, which will fill landfills.

Distribution of the collected items will take place at the Manorhaven Pool from March 21 to 23.  Families need an entrance ticket in order to be admitted to the distribution and select items at the drive.  Tickets can be printed from an online flyer.

“I’m really glad to be a part of a community that cares about each other and keeping the world pure,” said senior Angela Lopez.