Last Sunday, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the giving season, El Centro held our annual clothing drive and giveaway event. As you can see in the picture below, 200 heads of household waited patiently in line at our Academy for Children. For their patience, they were rewarded with gently used and new clothing for 967 members of their family!

We would like to extend special thanks to St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Johnson County, led by El Centro former Board Chair Kaler Bole, who collected 132 boxes of clothing from parishioners.  An additional 50 bags from other community members and organizations were also contributed and a total of 52 volunteers helped out with the event over the weekend. A huge thank you to Adelante Thrift Store for donating the use of four clothing racks to the event – it was a tremendous help! Without those staff and volunteers, we would be unable to have an event such as this – thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a fantastic success for our community! clothing-drive