New Canaan residents Michelle Buscher and Jenny Kask are organizing a town-wide clothing drive to collect seasonally-appropriate clothing, outerwear and footwear for donation to Person-to-Person.

Donations will be accepted from Monday, April 26, through Friday, April 30, and Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 7, at the offices of MBSport between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For Buscher and Kask, organizing this drive is just one of the ways that they work to make a difference in the lives of others. Both women have been involved with charitable organizations throughout their lives and now volunteer at Person-to-Person -- a non-profit based in Darien that provides basic emergency services in the form of food, clothing and financial assistance to people living in lower Fairfield County.

One of more than 100 New Canaanites who volunteer at Person-to-Person, Kask serves in the reception area at the agency.

"There is a real need in this geographic area for the services that P2P provides," she said. "I see people who are working but still don't earn enough to cover the cost of daily living."

While the majority of P2P clients are low-income residents of neighboring communities, since the recession the agency has seen an increasing number of people from more affluent communities who are facing a situational crisis and need assistance.

Buscher and Kask know that this is the time of year when people, as they start sorting through their spring and summer clothing, come across items they no longer want or need. By holding this drive at this time, and giving people a convenient drop-off location, they expect to receive many donations. They know that people often want to help others and that cleaning out their closet is one way to do so.

Call 203-655-0048 for more information about the New Canaan Spring Clothing Drive or visit to find out how you can help Person-to-Person help others.