Topeka’s Teens Taking Action has temporarily set up a clothing bin in the library’s rotunda. Look for bins like this throughout the community.
The group is collecting new or gently used clothing for any age. Donations will be used by individuals at Let’s Help, Doorstep and the Topeka Rescue Mission.
The library serves as one of many collection points, but has been the bin with the most donations so far, said Zach Haney, president of Topeka’s chapter of Teens Taking Action.
“So far the library is on top with collecting. We are very thankful for it,” Haney said, adding that in four days donors dropping off at the library filled 3.5 40-gallon boxes. Right now we have filled about 3 and a half 40 gallon boxes.
The group’s bins hold approximately 40 gallons. By Jan. 8, when the drive ends, local teens hope to have collected 20 bins full of clothes, he said. After Jan. 8, the group will drop off donated clothes at the organizations.
Teens Taking Action took up this cause not just because it’s the giving season, but also to help make improve the quality of life for people at a disadvantage — those who might not otherwise be able to afford replacing old, worn-out shoes or coat.
“We can’t do projects right now that cost thousands of dollars, so we look at things we can all pitch in and help with and possibly change someone else’s life, The clothing drive will help people in our community who are homeless, poor and need some new clothing,” Haney said. “One’s ‘look’ is often everything. And let’s say a single mother is trying to get a job, and that’s already tough. But if she doesn’t have the clothes that look good, she most likely will not get the job.”
Donate your Books
The library collects old, unwanted books, DVDs, music CDs and magazines all year round. If you have gently used materials to donate, drop them off in the Chandler Booktique or at the drop box at the northwest corner of the library near the dock. Or, for larger quantities, call 785-580-4445 for pick up.