Amherst Survival Center launches ‘The Foundation Project’

Drive to collect new underwear brings attention to an often overlooked basic need.

The shelves of the Amherst Survival Center’s Free Store brim with donations of shoes, coats, shirts and pants. But something “unmentionable” is often missing _ a basic that can help clients maintain their dignity as they struggle to support themselves and their families: new underwear.

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To address this, the Survival Center has announced The Foundation Project, a month-long drive running between August 15 and September 15, 2011, to collect new underwear for adults
and children. The Center hopes to eventually collect 21,000 pairs of new underwear to meet the needs of the 3,200 people it serves each year.

“This project is important because undergarments are usually overlooked in drives and donations,” said Bekki Craig, Free Store Coordinator and organizer of the Foundation Project. “During the three years I’ve worked at the Amherst Survival Center, I’ve noticed how pleased clients were on the rare occasions when we have gotten these kinds of contributions. It is time to make sure that everyone can meet these foundational needs.”
Donors can drop off new underwear for all sizes and ages, with tags still attached or in its original packaging, at the Amherst Survival Center at 1200 North Pleasant Street in Amherst, or in drop boxes at the following locations:

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • The Jones Library
  • Hampshire Athletic Club
  • Clay’s
  • Sunset Farm at the Saturday Amherst Farmers’ Market

Contributions will also be accepted at the Amherst Public School’s First Day Welcome Party, a back-to-school celebration, on Thursday September 1, 2011 from 5:30-7 PM at the Amherst Town Common.

For more information about the drive contact Bekki Craig at 413-549-3968 x201.