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CCPL ‘Drop Your Drawers’ campaign returns Nov. 1; collecting socks, underwear for local public schools

Campbell County Public Library’s (CCPL) annual Drop Your Drawers campaign is returning in full force starting Nov. 1 and running through Dec. 31.

The initiative aims to meet a crucial need for public schools in Campbell County: keeping Family Resource Centers’ emergency supplies of socks and underwear stocked. Schools hand out dozens of underwear and pairs of socks each month to children who need them for a variety of reasons, including accidents at school, illness, homelessness or other circumstances.

New pairs of socks and underwear of any size in their original packaging can be dropped off at all CCPL branches, with the goal of collecting 7,000 items.

“The Drop Your Drawers campaign allows us easy access to underwear and socks for our students to use on a daily basis,” said Lynlee Crowder of the Southern Campbell County Family Resource Center. “Each month we give about 75-80 pairs of socks and underwear to our students.”

Children can miss crucial learning time in the classroom due to parents often being unable to bring fresh underwear and socks to their children during school hours. Keeping centers’ supplies stocked also allows them to redirect funding to provide other valuable resources.

The campaign accrued over 10,000 donations in 2019. (Drop Your Drawers paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) With the help of the Campbell County community, the library hopes to reach its goal and set a new record.

“Drop your Drawers brings our community together to meet a need often overlooked in our schools,” said Library Director JC Morgan. “Every child deserves to have clean underwear and socks that fit.”

Since its launch in 2015, Drop Your Drawers has proven to meet a need in the community. Having started at CCPL, the campaign has even made its way to other library systems across the country.

For more information, visit www.cc-pl.org.

Campbell County Public Library

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