FSW’s Sharing Shelf Launches Back-to-School Clothing Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8/23/11

PORT CHESTER — The new school year and the cooler days of September are just around the corner. While many Westchester children and their families anticipate the change of season with new clothing in their closets, a growing number of children in Westchester County mist do without.
To help address this gap, The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester is partnering with local businesses and religious institutions to collect new and gently used clothing as part of its “Back-to-School in Style” campaign. Throughout September, an array of businesses, synagogues and churches will open their doors to donations of new and gently used fall and winter children’s clothing from the community. The Sharing Shelf seeks donations of long and short sleeved shirts, jeans, pants and sweats, sweaters and sweatshirts, fall jackets and winter coats as well as new and lightly used basic fall and winter shoes including sneakers, rainboots and snowboots. “There is an acute demand for clothing in sizes 5T through youth XL (14) as well as a need for boys’ jeans in all sizes,” notes Deborah Blatt, Director of The Sharing Shelf. Blatt points out that The Sharing Shelf is also seeking donations of diapers as well as new underwear and new socks. To learn more about the clothing drive or The Sharing Shelf, call (914) 937-2320, ext. 148 or e-mail thesharingshelf@fsw.org.
The following businesses are participating as drop-off locations for donations: PM Pediatrics (620 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, September 9th – 11th), Vision of Tomorrow (132 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, September 9th – 11th), Kidville (777 White Plains Post Road, Scarsdale, September 1st – 30th), Bodyscapes (516 West Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, September 9th – 11th), My Healthy Fit – A Gym for Women (1000 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, September 1st – 30th) and Sound Shore Indoor Tennis Club (303 Boston Post Road, Port Chester, September 20th to 27th). Clothing is also being collected at Larchmont Avenue Church (60 Forest Park Ave., September 9th – 11th), Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Blvd, Sept 1st – 14th), Larchmont Temple (75 Larchmont Ave., September 12th – 24th) and Huguenot Memorial Church (901 Pelhamdale Ave. in Pelham, September 6th – 30th).
Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Port Chester, Family Services of Westchester runs more than 50 social service and mental health programs that reach 30,000 children, teens, adults and families a year. The non-profit’s programs run the gamut from adoption services to elder care, from home health care to youth residences and include chapters of such national programs as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Head Start and AmeriCorps. The agency’s 450 employees and 350 volunteers operate out of six offices throughout the county.
Founded in 2009, FSW’s Sharing Shelf program provides gently used and new clothing to children and youth in need as well as shoes, strollers, and car seats. Volunteers sort and package the clothing by size, gender and season and distribute customized packages to more than 1,300 children a year.