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By Heather Conrad

First Annual Warming Our Youth Clothing Drive

Benefiting the students of Hollidaysburg School District

Series: Warming Our Youth | Story 1

Last updated 11/1/2019 at 1:02pm

Each year, dozens of students are not dressed properly for the winter season at no fault of their own, nor the parents. Understand, Hollidaysburg does have those stubborn ones who will wear shorts and hoodies all year round. During the Christmas season, the school nurses will call parents who are on the lower end of the income guidelines and ask if they would like their child to participate in a Christmas program giving those in need new clothes.

But what about those children who are not in the lower income guidelines, and the parents that are struggling to put proper clothes on their children? There are programs out there that may or may not help, including local organizations that do weekly and/or monthly clothing giveaways. These places rely solely on donations, and they may not always get the warm clothing needed, or enough for everyone who is in need.

This is where the Hollidaysburg Herald, and the community comes in. This reporter, along with the Hollidaysburg Herald is hosting our first annual "Warming Our Youth Clothing Drive." We are collecting both outerwear and comfy clothing for indoors, and will be given to any student as needed throughout the winter season. The items can be new (preferably) or gently used. Since we are doing this for everyone from kindergarten to 12th grade, we will need clothing of all sizes. The clothing drive will only be provided the size needed for the student, and only the individual school officials will know the students name.

There will be two dates and locations for the donations. The first will be at the Hollidaysburg Winterfest Parade which will be held November 24th at 2 pm. This reporter will be in the parade collecting items as the parade goes by. The float will be decorated, and noticeable signs displayed so you know which one we are. If you are unable to attend the parade, no worries; CPA Terri Johnson, is graciously allowing us to utilize the Tiger Backpack drop-off box at her office at 515 Blair St. Those drop-off days are November 25th to November 30th. During that time, you can still drop off nonperishable items for the Tiger Backpack program.

Here is the list of items we are requesting. Remember, they can be new or gently used items:

Winter Hats



Warm Coats


Lounge Pants

Warm Pajamas

Throw Blankets

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to email at [email protected]


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