Struck by the need here in the community for warm winter clothes, Reed Schultz, a New Canaan resident and sophomore at Brunswick School, has organized a community-wide clothing drive. The drive is done with the full support and involvement of the Outback Teen Center, New Canaan Chamber of Commerce and Town of New Canaan's Department of Human Services.

"The Student Governing Board was taken aback by the discovery of the need so close to home. They are dedicated to supporting Reed in his effort to bring comfort to their neighbors in need during the holiday season," Erin McDermott, director of programs at the Outback, said.

Through Jan. 23, residents are urged to drop off winter clothing that is clean and in good, wearable condition at the Outback Teen Center. The center is located behind town hall.

The Outback will be open to receive clothing on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays, from 2 to 6 p.m. Specific need is for winter coats and jackets, gloves, and sweaters of all sizes.

"My hope is that this effort can become a regular part of the holiday season. This is a time to think about others, as we take stock in what we have," Reed said.

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"There is a need in the community and we are grateful and happy to be able to participate," Carol McDonald, director of Health and Human services, said. The clothing will be distributed in town by the Human Services Department.