As a unique school year concludes, the Salvation Army already is preparing for the eventual start of the 2020-21 academic year with a clothing drive.
In cooperation with Mt. Lebanon Police Association and Mt. Lebanon High School, the Salvation Army will hold a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 in the parking lot of Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road.
Volunteers will be on hand to take donations of gently used clothing and shoes for youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade. Items in particular demand include jeans, shorts, polos, sweatshirts, sneakers, dress shoes and dress clothes in all sizes and genders.
Donations also will be accepted after the drive at the Salvation Army Pittsburgh Temple Worship and Service Center, 1060 McNeilly Road, Mt. Lebanon.
The donations will be sorted and then distributed to those in need prior to the start of the new school year. The collection is part of the Salvation Army’s annual effort to assist students in need with clothes, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and more.
“Cleaning out your closets is always a great feeling and we know many people have being doing just that during these past two months. Now, they have the opportunity to share those items with those truly in need. What a blessing that can be,” Lt. Jonathan Lewis, commanding officer of worship and service center, said.
With more than than 150 years as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 127 countries. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services.
For more information, visit wpa.salvationarmy.org.