Started in November, hundreds of community members and organizations came together to help young students around the county by donating over 935 pairs of children’s underwear for the second year of Anderson Public Library’s Drop Your Drawers Campaign.
The Drop Your Drawers campaign is a cooperative effort of libraries across the state along with famous children’s author Dav Pilkey, and his popular character, Captain Underpants. The campaign seeks to make sure that every child shows up to school and stays in school for the whole school day in clean underwear that fits.
Family resource directors at Anderson County Schools hand out underwear to children who need clean pairs due to accidents at school or issues at home. Because parents often are unable to bring fresh underwear to their children during school hours, children can miss valuable learning time in the classroom.
The Anderson Public Library joined the effort with other libraries in the region last year. The library’s goal was to accept enough donations to help provide underwear for the family resource directors to last an entire year. The goal was quickly met, and donations from last year and this year totaled over 2300 pairs.
A number of organizations and individuals came together to donate large batches of underwear this year. Two organizations were the Anderson County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board which donated 144 pairs and the Lawrenceburg Kiwanis Club which donated 91 pairs.
The family resource directors at Anderson County Schools were incredibly thankful for the community and the support for the campaign. “We are so thankful for all of the items that have been donated to the Drop Your Drawers Campaign. This will go towards helping many kids in Anderson County,” said Crystal Crouch, family resource director at SECC and SSE.
In addition, Sherry Noon, youth and family services manager at the library, said, “We thank you for participating in the Drop Your Drawers Campaign. This helps the school, it’s a good community service, and we deeply appreciate it.”