This year's annual holiday clothing drive supporting Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN) brought in a record number of 229 bags of warm winter clothing that will be shared with our neighbors in need. A-SPAN's Leonard Chari says staff pass out the clothing to people on the street, or when they are visiting A-SPAN's day program and shelter.
From November 20 through December 15, collection boxes were set out in 17 locations throughout Rosslyn. The Rosslyn BID sought donations for both men and women that included coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, gloves and jeans. These included office towers and residential buildings. As has been the case in previous years, the River Place Condominium complex proved to be the most generous.
River Place East was the top collector with 37 bags, followed by River Place West with 32 bags and River Place North with 29 bags. Other generous donors were Turnberry Tower (27) Sedona | Slate (13) and Bennett Park Apartments (13).
"We are thrilled to be the top-collecting building for the holiday clothing drive this year," said M.J. Schmelzer, the president of River Place East who's also on the Rosslyn BID's Board of Directors. "We're a close-knit and diverse community with many generous and kind-hearted people, so I'm not surprised that we collected the most. And we love having bragging rights! But seriously, we do hope our donations will help people who need them. We're proud to be a part of this community effort to support A-SPAN every year."