The North Texas BIGs -- the UNT chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters -- began a new service project this month to give to children in need. The organization has placed bins in each residence hall on campus until Nov. 14 (Monday) for donations of new and gently used children’s clothing of all sizes.
The clothing will then be taken to Denton County Friends of the Family, a nonprofit organization that assists families in crisis. The BIGs started the clothing drive in time for the holiday season and anticipated cooler weather.
“The idea came about when we learned how many people a clothing drive could affect,” says Hawanatu Waritay, an ambassador for the North Texas BIGs. “I’ve personally encountered people who are so grateful to receive a shirt or pair of pants and that is something I know BIGs could help be a part of.”
Waritay says that the members of the organization hope to develop a deeper relationship with the charities they will be giving clothes to and even the children who will ultimately receive them.
“We are a mentoring program for children and early-age teens. We see potential in youth and help them reach that through mentoring,” she says. “This is a way for us to give back to the community and begin those connections.”