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Publish Date: 8/24/2005

Clothes for Kids Drive extended


30 paper clothing hangers remain in the first Clothes for Kids Drive, a collaborative effort of Twin Peaks Mall, the Salvation Army Longmont Volunteer Service Extension Unit and the OUR Center.

Much like the mallís holiday Giving Trees, Clothes for Kids prompts mall shoppers to pick up wish-list items for local children in need.

Right now, that means back-to-school clothes for 75 local children.

Clothes for Kids was created in 2004 through a partnership with CBL & Associates Properties Inc., the parent company of Twin Peaks Mall, and the national headquarters of the Salvation Army and Coca-Cola USA.

The drive took place at 55 shopping centers last year. This is the first year for the Clothes for Kids Drive locally.

The drive was supposed to end Sunday, but as of Monday afternoon, 33 childrenís wish-list hangers were left on the mall booth outside the Country Buffet entrance.

Mall marketing director Joette Frey said the clothing drive was extended to the end of August in hopes that generous shoppers will pick up a hanger to benefit a child in need.

Each paper hanger lists the childís age, gender and sizes for pants, shirts, shoes and underwear.

Shoppers are asked to ďadoptĒ a child by buying the clothing items listed on the hanger. Once the outfit is purchased, shoppers can leave the bags at the customer service desk, which then gives the clothes to the OUR Center to deliver.

The children, whose names are anonymous, are qualified for the program through the OUR Centerís clothing bank, OUR Center assistant Elaine Klotz said.

Donors can ask for a tax receipt and can get special offers at Twin Peaks stores. A list of the stores is provided at the Clothes for Kids booth.

Melanie M. Sidwell can be reached at 303-684-5274, or by e-mail at msidwell@times-call.com.

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