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Clothing, Food, Toys, School Supplies Drive Held Thursday

Drive-In/Drop-Off to Benefit APS Homeless Students, Clothing Bank

April 19, 2010

Donations to the PTA Clothing Bank can be made by going to its website at www.bccpta.org.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Title I Homeless Project and Bernalillo County Council of the PTA Clothing Bank are sponsoring a Drive-in and Drop-off clothing, food, toys and school supply drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the APS Montgomery Complex, 3315 Louisiana Blvd. NE (map).

“The Title I Homeless Project continues to serve thousands of homeless students each year, and the PTA Clothing Bank provides for many of our neediest students,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “Any contributions the public can make to help these programs help our kids will be greatly appreciated.”

Helen Fox, liaison for the Title I Homeless Project, said her program has served nearly 5,000 students so far this year, up slightly from last year in part because of the ailing economy. The project provides tutoring, a preschool program, health and mental health services and several other programs as well as backpacks, supplies, uniforms, school fees, food and other needs.

The public is encouraged to drop off:

  • New or gently used student clothing including pants, shirts and coats
  • New socks and underwear for boys and girls in all sizes
  • Pencils and pens
  • Calculators
  • College-ruled paper
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Backpacks
  • Bar soap
  • Gently used toys, books and stuffed animals
  • Non-perishable food items that can be used for lunch and after-school snacks including granola bars and small canned food items with easy-open lids

Cash donations also can be made to the Title I Homeless Project. Donations will be accepted at the Drive-in and Drop-off. They also can be made by credit card through the APS Education Foundation at apseducationfoundation.org or by mailing a check payable to the Title I Homeless Project to P.O. Box 25704, Albuquerque, NM, 87125.

 

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