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Junior League of Albany helps Mission Change

Charitable group spearheads ‘Winter Warm Up’ clothing drive for Mission Change

Mission Change, whose offices are located on Flint Avenue, across from First United Methodist Church, will be the recipient of cold weather clothing items gathered from community donations by the Junior League of Albany’s provisional class. (Staff Photo: Brad McEwen)

Mission Change, whose offices are located on Flint Avenue, across from First United Methodist Church, will be the recipient of cold weather clothing items gathered from community donations by the Junior League of Albany’s provisional class. (Staff Photo: Brad McEwen)

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LaDonna Urick, co-founder of Mission Change, says “being able to provide the thermal hats, gloves, scarves, socks etc., to our neighbors,” through the Junior League of Albany’s “Winter Warm Up Clothing Drive, “is a blessing.” (File Photo)

ALBANY — This year’s provisional class of the Junior League of Albany is about to begin a clothing donation campaign to help local non-profit Mission Change provide for those less fortunate.

Known as the “Winter Warm Up Clothing Drive” the object of the initiative is to collect cold weather clothing items, such as gloves, shoes, socks, coats and hats for children and adults in need.

Beginning Monday, those wanting to make donations to project can drop off items in collection boxes the Junior League has set up at area businesses. Businesses that have agreed to house the donation boxes are Dillard’s, Smallcakes, Sweet Potatoes, BJ’s Buffett and Merry Acres.

“The provisional class of the Junior League is excited to partner with Mission Change this winter to help the organization provide such basic needs during the cold winter months,” said provisional class member Amanda Goff. “We want to encourage people in the Albany area to graciously donate such items such as scarves, hats, gloves and jackets of all sizes.”

As an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and improving communities through effective action and leadership, the clothing drive to aid another charitable group fits well into the group’s mission.

An Albany non-profit charitable organization founded in 2007 by husband and wife, LaDonna and Todd Urick, Mission Change raises money and awareness for local individuals, causes and organizations in need.

The “Winter Warm Up Clothing Drive” will help the organization help those in need of proper clothing, something founder LaDonna Urick is very pleased about.

“We are very thankful for the Junior League’s clothing drive for our neighbors in need here in Albany,” said Urick. “It means so much that they have chosen Mission Change as the organization to give to as well. We are always trying to get the community more involved in giving back to those who are suffering in our backyard, and our focus is building relationships with everyone who serves and the folks we serve in the community. Being able to provide the thermal hats, gloves, scarves, socks etc to our neighbors whom we love and encourage on a daily basis is so wonderful.”

The clothing drive will run from Monday until January 31 and every item collected will go to Mission Change. Junior League members will present the first group of donations to Mission Change around Christmas and then again at the end of the campaign.

LaDonna Urick is urging the community to not only support the clothing drive, but also join the organization at it’s Christmas Eve morning brunch, which will be held at First United Methodist Church, beginning at 9 am, where the organization will begin handing out clothing that’s been collected to that point.

Those who attend are encouraged to wear a silly holiday sweater and come prepared to help fix and serve a charitable meal, package gift bags for the needy and sing carols.

“We invite everyone to join us on December 24 to serve our neighbors in need in the downtown area,” Urick said. “It’s a pretty amazing morning.”

More information about Mission Change and the Christmas Eve Brunch can be found at the organization’s website www.missionchange.com.