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OASIS Hosts Third Annual Clothes Drive
Leader Matt Dillon along with students of Oakdale Junior High OASIS program continue with the Third Annual OASIS Clothes Drive through this Friday, Dec. 18. Items collected during the two-week clothing drive will be donated to Oakdales Family Support Network. Teresa Hammond/The Leader

The spirit of giving is continuing to prove fruitful for the students of the Oakdale Junior High OASIS Program.

The Third Annual OASIS Clothes Drive will wind down this Friday, Dec. 18. The annual event began on Dec. 7 and runs each year for a duration of two weeks.

After School Program Director Matt Dillon first began the clothing drive during his tenure at Fair Oaks Elementary School. Items collected each year are donated to Oakdale’s Family Support Network, which aids families in need.

“The thing that I’ve noticed is because of the age here,” he said of the junior high, “they really seem to understand giving to those less fortunate.”

Last year the group collected eight extra large size U Haul boxes and 11 large bags of clothing to be donated. This year they hope to do the same.

“We are collecting all sizes from baby to adult,” the coordinator said. “We take anything and then sort through it. We don’t want to turn away any donations.”

Dillon shared the OASIS program serves 100 to 110 seventh and eighth grade students, stating that is a very good size program for a junior high school. He also stated that as a group they support other fundraising or collection efforts made around campus.

“This is kind of our baby,” he said of the Clothes Drive. “This is ours, we’ve taken ownership of it and it’s really good for the students.”

Community members interested in making donations may do so by dropping them by the office of Oakdale Junior High ongoing until Friday, Dec. 18. Oakdale Junior High is at 400 S. Maag Ave., Oakdale.