Started in November, hundreds of community members and organizations came together to help young students around the county by donating over 1300 pairs of children’s underwear for the 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 library’s goal was to accept enough donations from November 1st to December 28th to give to the directors at each elementary school to last them an entire year. With an initial goal of 800 pairs, members of the community quickly donated hundreds of pairs in just a few weeks. The goal was broken in four weeks, and even more were donated afterwards, adding to 1367 pairs.
A number of organizations and individuals came together to donate large batches of underwear. They include Tom Swartz, vice president of the Lawrenceburg Kiwanis Club, Anna-Marie Hyatt and Mackenzie Peavler of Disponett Realty, and the Anderson County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy board.
The family resource directors at Anderson County Schools were incredibly thankful for the community and the support for the campaign. “We’re so blessed to have a community with the outpouring of love for the kids here. It’s absolutely amazing and continues to overwhelm all of us. It’s absolutely such a blessing for so many families,” said Crystal Crouch, family resource director at SECC and SSE.
Stacey Newton, family resource director at EBW and RBT, also added, “It is a year’s worth of underwear that we will not have to worry about finding funding for.”
In addition, Sherry Noon, youth and family services manager at the library, said, “It’s been a wonderful partnership as always with the school system here in Anderson County and the community outpouring has been amazing. It’s been a fun campaign and I cannot thank Dav Pilkey enough for allowing this.”