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'Gently used' business clothing needed for annual drive

Jan. 22-29, 2014, various times 22 Chambers St., Suite 101, and 701 Carnegie Center

Princeton University is conducting its annual clothing drive Jan. 22-29 to benefit HomeFront's Suitably Dressed, Mercer County Community College Career Training Institute, Operation Fatherhood of Trenton and R.I.S.E., all Mercer County organizations that collect "gently used" business attire for men and women.

The clothing goes to individuals who are entering or re-entering the workforce, and all types of business and business-casual clothing in good condition are needed. These include suits, dress slacks, khakis, dress shirts, collared casual shirts, blazers, skirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets, coats, ties, shoes, belts, jewelry, handbags and other accessories. We will also be collecting used eyeglasses for Lions Club International.

In addition, we will be collecting unwanted stuffed toys. All toys will be donated to Glad Dogs Nation, an organization that creates safe dog toys from old, unwanted children's stuffed toys.

Items can be brought to 22 Chambers St., Suite 101, between 8 and 9 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., or 701 Carnegie Center between 8:45 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays only.

Volunteers are needed during collection hours at the 22 Chambers St. location. For more information or to volunteer to assist with the clothing drive, contact Erin Metro in the Office of Community and Regional Affairs at emetro@princeton.edu or 609-258-5144.

The drive is coordinated by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Department of Building Services, the Office of Design and Construction, and the Office of the Provost.

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