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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Drop Your Drawers Campaign Provides a Welcome Necessity

Campbell County Library Director JC Morgan invites community to "Drop Your Drawers."
 By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor 

While many children dream of bicycles, remote cars and the latest "it" toy for Christmas, some in our community wish also for warm clothing and basic essentials. New underwear is one of those essentials that is a bit harder to come by than other clothing items.

For the past three years, the Campbell County Public Library has participated in a holiday season clothing drive specifically designed to collect new "unmentionables" for children in our area to be distributed through the county’s Family Resource Centers.

Many young children who have accidents are in need of new underwear during school hours when their parents are unable to bring them fresh underwear – and some don’t always have access to these basics at home. In fact, the library’s Drop Your Drawers campaign website says schools hand out between 50 and 100 pairs to students in need each month.

So far, the library has provided about 2,000 pairs of underwear to the three elementary schools in Fort Thomas, said Library Director JC Morgan. Campbell County libraries were the first in the state to participate in the campaign that has now spread to 47 libraries across Kentucky, he said.

The campaign will run through December 31. You can drop off new boys’ and girls’ underwear size 4 to 16 at any nearby branch of the Campbell County Public Library. This year’s collection goal is 7,000 pairs. The library has exceeded this goal over the last two years and is going for another great year.

In Fort Thomas, drop off items at the Carrico/Fort Thomas branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike, or drop off at other library locations in Newport, Alexandria and Cold Spring.

Drop Your Drawers logo featuring CAM, the Campbell County Library Lion


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