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Statewide children’s nonprofit holding annual clothing drive


Sunrise Children’s Services is currently taking up donations for their Winter Gear Drive through January 31.

Officials said the organization aims to serve therapeutic foster care, residential treatment, and community-based services for children and families across the Commonwealth.

Stacie McLaughlin is the Director of Marketing at Sunrise. She said the children her organization serves are often unprepared for the cold temperatures that winter can bring, so donations of new or gently used items are crucial.

“During this season, we like to make sure that they have all the winter gear that they may need,” she said. “That includes mittens, scarves, beanies, hoodies, new socks also, jackets, coats.”

However, McLaughlin said the Winter Gear Drive isn’t the only way people can help the children served by her organization.

“Really, we just love that the community is surrounding our kids in support and care, so we will meet them wherever they are ready to give.,” she said. “That might be at, you know, a clothing drive or a mitten, scarf drive, or even just, you know, if they want to write a check, we will gladly take that as well.”

McLaughlin said the main items needed by her organization are coats and warm hoodies. Sizes accepted for the drive range from 2T to men’s large. Teens are the age group most in need.

Monetary donations are accepted online at sunrise.org. Questions about the Winter Gear Drive should be directed to info@sunrise.org, and more information can be found on their Facebook page.