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‘Donate Your Duds’ today

Alissa Widman Neese • Feb 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

One person’s gently used duds could become another’s brand-new outfit.

Starting today, students across the region are urging you to empty your closet for a good cause: the fifth annual “Donate Your Duds” clothing drive.

Teen Leadership Corps classes at 10 local schools will participate in the contest this year. Students will collect gently used clothing, shoes, purses and accessories until March 3, with all donations benefiting local Goodwill stores.    The group with the most donations, according to weight, will win $300 in “Goodwill Bucks” to distribute to needy families in their community.

“The students provide a great service and they’re also educated in the process about what Goodwill does and how its mission aligns with ours,” Teen Leadership Corps executive director Mary Ann Cramer said. “They learn it isn’t just a thrift store — it employs many people who otherwise wouldn’t have jobs, and provides a service that way, too”

Teen Leadership Corps is a fairly new nonprofit organization that sponsors service-based classes in schools throughout Ohio. The classes and outreach projects are primarily student-led, with the organization providing oversight and support to help students make a difference in their communities.

But students aren’t shy to admit community members are key to making “Donate Your Duds” a success.

Anyone can bring donations to participating schools, and a donation box is also available at NOMS Health Center on West Strub Road.

Some schools, such as Huron High School, have created a friendly internal competition to encourage participation. At Huron, the grade level with the most donations will secure an ice cream social in March.

The school established its first Teen Leadership Corps class this year, and it’s gotten off to a great start, teacher and adviser Jordan Fahr said.

Its student members agree.

“I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot, and I’m proud of what we’ve done,” senior Abby Wiseman said. “It means so much when you can do something to help another person, and this clothing drive is an easy way that anyone in the community can help out a great cause”

Locations accepting donations:

•Bellevue High School

•EHOVE Career Center

•Fremont Ross High School

•Huron High School

•Norwalk High School

•Norwalk St. Paul HIgh School

•Sandusky Central Catholic School

•South Central High School

•Williard High School

•NOMS Health Center

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