HOLMDEL, NJ… In what has proven to be a very successful partnership, a group of Starbucks stores and Sylvia’s Children, a 501(c)3, are raising funds in a grass roots effort to help children in Africa. Sylvia’s Children is conducting a clothing drive at ten Starbucks locations in New Jersey, now through November 18th. Participating locations are: Middletown, Marlboro, Matawan, Manalapan, Edison, Westfield, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, New Brunswick and Piscataway.

Items being accepted for the drive include all types of usable and wearable clothing for all seasons, shoes, handbags, belts, toys, linens, etc. For a complete list of items accepted for donation please visit www.sylviaschildren.org. Donated items should be placed in 30 gallon black plastic bags and dropped in the collection boxes at the Starbucks’ locations listed above.

To date, over $16,500 has been raised by this partnership. The drives have been held two times a year for the past two years. On how the partnership came to be, says Sylvia’s Children founder Sylvia Allen, “I have to have my Starbucks iced tea every day. I thought the store would make a great place to hold a fundraiser like this for the charity, and the Starbucks employees and managers we have worked with have just been so supportive and helpful.” The funds generated are used to support 250 orphaned children at the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary School, Uganda, Africa.

Drivers are needed for pickup in each of the areas during the dates of the clothing drive. If you are interested in donating your time contact Sylvia Allen @ (732) 946-2711 (cell 732 241 1144) or e-mail Sylvia Allen at Sylvia@sylviaschildren.org. For more information on Sylvia’s Children visit www.sylviaschildren.org, or go to the blog http://wwwsylviaschildren.blogspot.com.