With at least 1,700 needy children enrolled in a racing event on the morning of Saturday, the linen closet in the Community "is cool for school" program could use some more donations.
"It 'was crazy, but I think we're doing pretty well, and we are ready to take on Saturday," said Diane Bishop, Head of Office, which provides free clothing to low-income families.
There is still time to donate, and the bishop said it was a few short articles.
"We lack benchmarks and socks of all sizes, large size pants, girls aged 10 to 12," he said.
Articles may be submitted today to the Union 9:00-1:00 clothes closet, B-1465 Opportunity Way, Menasha.
Since its inception in 2006, participation in "Being cool for school" has grown considerably, with the record of last year. In 2006, 340 children received a total of 2400 elements. In 2010 this number increased to 1338 children and 51 000 were distributed.
Children registered for this year's event live in Calumet, Outagamie, Waupaca and Winnebago counties.
"We expected it to happen - no surprise - but to have 1,700 children registered for this year is a staggering amount," the bishop said, adding that local families will continue to fight for the current economy.
"The increase has prompted us to expand three rooms, so you can speed up the process and get more people through the line," he said.
New this year is the distribution of children's books in 1800 on behalf of the mobile literacy program, "Bess Book Bus" through the collaboration of different business donors, particularly the U.S. Ventures Inc., CITGO local marketing.
Citgo spokesman Luc Oil Venture Dickinson said volunteers will be "reading aloud to children at the event to promote reading. Children as young as five will be present in order to have a fun distraction reading aloud, with Bess the Book Bus colored pads donated by Citgo, will provide a pleasant distraction while their parents get school supplies and other items. "