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If it’s true that clothes make the man (or woman), then clothes might also make the student.


But with today’s tough economic times, the clothes that make the student might also break the parents.


Enter the Pittston Area Foundation.


Created with the purpose — a lofty and noble one, we might add — of providing the schol district with funds outside of traditional tax revenue, the foundation has come up with an idea that just plain makes sense on a number of levels. The concept is wise and heartfelt.


They call it Patriots Closet.


Writer Joe Healey, in his story on page 6, aptly characterizes it as “hand-me-downs with a twist”.


The foundation is collecting new and gently used dress-code acceptable clothes and casual wear with Pittston Area and Patriot logos on them. The items will be sold at $5 each at the Pittston Area Band Boosters Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pittston Area High School.


A clothes drive will be held from Monday, Oct. 28, to Friday, Nov. 8. Bins will be placed in the lobby of the High School, Middle School, Intermediate Center and Primary Center during regular school hours. Those who wish can place items in a tied bag with a note saying ‘Patriots Closet.’


Acceptable clothes includes new or gently used polo shirts, pants, khakis, shorts and accessories that are less than 3 years old and in excellent condition.


Janine Starinsky, organizer, said, “It’s a way for those of us that have the financial means and have a desire to give to help those who may be experiencing hard times.”


To make a corporate or individual monetary donation or for information about the drive email Starinsky at starz364@verizon.net.


Wouldn’t it be marvelous if this could grow into a year ‘round project?


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