By Morgan Murphy
For the Opelika
The BigHouse Foundation is holding a “Statewide Swimsuit and Towel Drive” for children who have been part of the state’s foster care system for a year or less.
The group is asking for donations of new beach or bath towels, as well as swimsuits ranging in size from infant to children’s extra large. Each towel donated will be embroidered with the child’s name to uniquely make it their own.
This drive was established 10 years ago, and it was one of BigHouse’s first initiatives. Their goal was to provide the children with summer necessities while also adding a personal touch and giving them a gift they can call their own. BigHouse Director Micah Melnick said she believes that items donated through this fundraiser help show area foster children that their community loves and supports them.
The fundraiser runs now through the end of April, but donations can be made throughout the year.
Following is a list of area donation box locations:
– The BigHouse Foundation Center, located at 211 Samford Ave.
– Little Caesar’s, located at 1515 Second Ave.
– Charter Bank, located at 701 Second Ave.
– Compass Chiropractic, located at 803 Ave. C
– Flowers Bakery, located at 101 Simmons St.
– Alabama Power Office, located at 1699 S. College St. in Auburn
Monetary donations can be made through the BigHouse Foundation Facebook page or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 230, Opelika, Alabama, 36803.
Area businesses, churches or schools interested in promoting can make inquiries through the Facebook page.