The winter clothing drive starts today in Providence County | Popgen Tech


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With winter approaching and temperatures forecast to climb into the 30s and 40s next week, staying warm will soon become an even bigger challenge for many Fairfax County residents.

To help those in need get through the season, Providence County Executive Dolly Palczyk’s office will start a winter clothing drive today (Monday), collecting coats, gloves and hats of all sizes to donate to local shelters.

New and gently used items are accepted through January 19 at the Providence District Office (3001 Vaden Drive), which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at press time, the office was still awaiting confirmation of other sites, including one at Tysons Corner Center.

“Having donation drives is an opportunity for people to get involved and give back to the community,” Palczyk said in an emailed statement. “What some may consider a small donation is a big help to those in need. The collected winter gear will be given not only to disadvantaged members of our community, but also to those who cannot afford it.”

To do so, Palczyk’s office teamed up with the Providence Civic Center, local homeowners associations and the Tysons Community Alliance, which was formed in October to replace the Tysons Partnership as the nonprofit that advocates for the area and guides its development.

Recipients of the winter clothing donations will include The Lamb Center, a homeless shelter located on the border of Oakton and Fairfax, and Tyson’s Second Story, which focuses on helping children, teens and families.

While the event will support Providence County residents, including Tysons, Oakton, Merrifield and the area around Fairfax, Jan. 14 will be the last date for Reston’s annual winter wardrobe drop-off at the North County Government Center.

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