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TUSD collecting 'New Socks for a New Year'

  • Children shop at TUSD's Clothing Bank.
    TUSDChildren shop at TUSD's Clothing Bank.

For many kids, getting new socks for Christmas is a let-down. For those whose families can't afford them, they could be a blessing.

Saying increased demand has depleted the shelves of its Clothing Bank, Tucson Unified School District is asking for donations of shoes, socks, pants and jackets to be distributed to needy students.

The district's "New Socks for a New Year" drive aims to bring in socks for girls and boys, and other much needed items during the holiday season

"It's tough when we need socks and shoes and we don't have them to give," said the Clothing Bank's coordinator, Elga Torres.

"But every child still leaves with something. We want the community to know that we have children and families who need help and we are here to serve them," she said in a press release.

The bank serves more than 5,000 students and families each year – a number that has been growing over the past couple of years with the struggling economy. Students must be eligible for free or reduced meals to receive items from the bank.

Donations accepted by the bank include:

  • Jeans and pants
  • Shirts
  • Uniforms
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Backpacks

"You don't need to give children an expensive toy to make them smile," said Torres. "Kids are excited to come to the Clothing Bank because they feel like they are shopping and are grateful for everything they receive."

TUSD is accepting "New Socks" at two locations through the end of January:

  • The Clothing Bank, at Myers/Ganoung Elementary School, 5000 E. Andrew St.
  • TUSD's Robert D. Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St.

Donation boxes will be available Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both sites will be closed for the winter holidays Dec. 23, 26, and 30, and January 2 and 16.

The Clothing Bank also accepts general donations of new and gently used clothing items year-round. All donations are tax-deductible.

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