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By Heather Conrad
Hollidaysburg Correspondent 

First Annual 'Warming Our Youth' to Benefit H-burg Students


November 7, 2019

Heather Conrad

Each year, dozens of students are not dressed properly for the winter season at no fault of their own, nor the parents.

Understand, Hollidaysburg does have those stubborn ones who will wear shorts and hoodies all year round. During the Christmas season, the school nurses will call parents who are on the lower end of the income guidelines and ask if they would like their child to participate in a Christmas program giving those in need new clothes.

But what about those children who are not in the lower income guidelines, and the parents who are struggling to put proper clothes on their children?

There are programs out there that may help, including local organizations that do regular clothing giveaways. These places rely solely on donations, so they may not always get the warm clothing needed, or enough for everyone who is in need.

This is where the Hollidaysburg Herald, and the community comes in.

This reporter, along with the Hollidaysburg Herald, is hosting the first annual "Warming Our Youth Clothing Drive." (The Hollidaysburg Herald offers reliable news for the Hollidaysburg area and can be found at

We are collecting both outerwear and comfy clothing for indoors, and will be given to any student as needed throughout the winter season. The items can be new (preferably) or gently used.

Since we are doing this for everyone from kindergarten to 12th grade, we will need clothing of all sizes. The clothing drive will only be provided the size needed for the student, and only the individual school officials will know the students name.

There will be two dates and locations for the donations. The first will be at the Hollidaysburg Winterfest Parade which will be held Nov. 24 at 2 pm. This reporter will be in the parade collecting items as the parade goes by. The float will be decorated, and noticeable signs displayed so you know which one we are.

If you are unable to attend the parade, CPA Terri Johnson, is allowing the Hollidaysburg Herald to utilize the Tiger Backpack drop-off box at her office at 515 Blair Street.

Those drop-off days are Nov. 25 to Nov. 30. During that time, those wishing to help can still drop off nonperishable items for the Tiger Backpack program.

Here is the list of items we are requesting. Remember, they can be new or gently used items:

Winter hats


Gloves and mittens

Warm coats

Socks and slippers

Lounge pants

Warm pajamas

Throw blankets

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to send an email to [email protected]


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