Children’s Summer Clothing Drive

Thursday, June 18th through July 1st

First Parish has received an urgent call for help from Justina Riopelle, one of the amazing workers at Solutions at Work, an organization that serves families living in poverty in Cambridge and Dorchester. Although their center is closed, Justina and others are delivering packages of children’s summer clothing directly to families. So great is the need that their stock is rapidly running out.  This is where we come in!

Justina and her team are looking for clean, gently used children’s summer clothing for boys and girls of all ages: shorts, T-shirts, dresses, skirts, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, bathing suits, diapers, wipes, towels, sneakers, flipflops — anything kids may need for summer!

If your closets and drawers need culling, or if you feel moved to purchase some children’s staples (underwear, T-shirts, socks, diapers), please bring them to the bins on the Stearns Room porch or contact Mary Gaylord (mgaylord@fas.harvard.edu) for pick-up. Please, no toys, books or cold weather clothing at this time!

The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn are causing severe ongoing hardship for urban communities already struggling. Your response to the pop-up Mother’s Day drive was overwhelming.  Let’s do it again!

This Children’s Summer Clothing Drive is jointly sponsored by the Anti-Racism Task Force and the Outreach Committee.