In a community strengthening initiative, Cobram Anglican Grammar School’s middle and senior school house captains, in conjunction with Anglicare, are co-ordinating the ‘Take Love’ campaign in Cobram.
Take Love is a youth initiative that aims to provide practical ways for young people to assist their local communities.
Each year more than 500000 people pass through Anglicare shops, looking for affordable, second-hand clothing.
Cobram Anglican Grammar School’s head of senior school Brad Downie said with the support and encouragement of the school’s chaplain, Rev Maryann Leonard, student leaders will run a one-month long clothing drive.
‘‘They will be asking students and their families to spend some time cleaning out wardrobes, chest of drawers or cupboards at home,’’ Mr Downie said.
‘‘Students, their families and community members can bring in any unwanted items of clothing that will then be donated to Anglicare,’’ he said.
‘‘At assemblies, the leaders explained that the clothing must be clean and in good condition. But, as well as clothing, we are also seeking donations of accessories such as hats, scarves, bags, belts and shoes.
‘‘At present, Anglicare have a shortage of baby clothes and clothing for small children, so the students were encouraged to ask their families and friends if they might have any of these items to donate.
‘‘The student leaders have set a goal of hoping to collect over a thousand items of clothing, so if anyone in the community can help out this great cause, Cobram Anglican Grammar School and Anglicare will gratefully accept their support.’’