Livingston, NJ--Mt. Pleasant Middle School sixth grader, Avika Bansal, wants your old clothes because she wants to help others dress for success. She is collecting career-related clothes, until June 15th, for Covenant House, in Newark, NJ, a nonprofit charity serving homeless youth with a network of shelters.

Drop-off bins are located at Mount Pleasant Middle School, Livingston High School, and the Livingston Senior Community Center. Desired items include: wearable suits, ties, blazers, dress shirts, belts, ties, briefcases, portfolios, tie clips, and cufflinks for men and women.

This is not Bansal’s first time hosting a clothing drive—she hosted three shoe drives while she was still in elementary school.

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Bansal says she was inspired for this current drive by one of her father’s outdated ties that she wore for a weekend. Her dad mentioned that she should take good care of it since it was pretty expensive, but a little outdated. After her interest in wearing it faded away, she thought, "I don't need this tie, maybe I can donate it to someone who really needs it and can make good use of it."

She then rummaged through her parents' closet looking for their old work clothes that were just sitting there waiting to find new life. Next, the family approached Covenant House in Newark, and this "Career Clothing Collection" drive was born.

Bansal was commended for her community efforts and involvement with the Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) Leaders Program by a Proclamation from the Township Council in early June.