DRIVES DRIVE OASIS
Gently-used clothing, particularly in childrenâ€™s sizes, is the single most sought-after item we stock at OASIS and is something that even money canâ€™t buy easily. Trying to find non-uniform clothing in thrift stores, consignment shops, and yard sales is very time-consuming and not very fruitful. Suitable clothing is scarce because so many families are looking for affordable options due to the current economic situation. Therefore we rely heavily on clothing drives held at schools and in the community to obtain it. Several social workers and other school personnel have responded to our pleas and organized collections for us this school year.
Once again we were the beneficiary of 2 days of Mary Bryantâ€™s Week of Sharing collections, one day for clothing and the other for hygiene items. Hammond Elementary has an ongoing collection, while Andersen, Carrollwood, Cimino, and Mulrennan Elementary and Coleman and Madison Middle Schools have all conducted drives. Families and volunteers at Lopez Elementary and other schools in eastern county have stepped up to help us stock our newest site. Clothing drives have been scheduled at Deer Park, Clark, and Tampa Palms Elementary and a huge event, The Power of One, is currently taking place at Steinbrenner High. Other schools consistently donate their lost and found items to OASIS, including Tampa Palms, Chiles, B.C. Graham, and Claywell Elementary as well as Durant and Bloomingdale High. If I have inadvertently omitted any schools or individuals, it is not intentional but because itâ€™s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of donations coming in at 4 sites.
Private school students have assisted us with a group from the Academy of the Holy Names donating a huge amount of clothing and some service hours too. A Jesuit student has done the same, as well as a Girl Scout troop in south Tampa. Individual students from a few SDHC schools have completed very successful collection drives for NJHS and NHS projects.
This week social worker Lynette Judge, assisted by social worker Michelle Knox, conducted the 3rd Annual Social Worker Collection Drive which always brings in carloads of clothing for OASIS. We never cease to be amazed by their energy and dedication and how they encourage so many social workers to participate.
We are so grateful to everyone who contributes to OASIS as these donations help make it possible for us to fulfill our mission of providing basic necessities to at-risk students in Hillsborough County.