Inspired by an ever-growing need, Reed Schultz, of New Canaan, a junior at the Brunswick School, has launched a holiday initiative called the Thanks-for-Giving Clothing Drive.

Schultz has partnered with Big Brother Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut and Fairfield County Bank. Last year, he conducted a New Canaan drive and collected hundreds of pounds of clothing that was given away locally to those in need. That effort spurred him to think bigger and better for this year.

The nonprofit BBBS will collect the donated clothes and use the proceeds to fund its mentoring program. Fairfield County Bank will serve as the major collection site at its branches, including one at 714 Post Road, Darien. For other branch locations, visit

"The bank jumped at the opportunity to partner," Schultz said. "They have been so gracious and committed toward this effort from the start."

The goal is to collect gently used clothing, especially winter clothes, shoes and boots.

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For information, call Bob Schultz at 203-454-2100 or email him at