Migrant Worker Outreach Clothing Drive coming to Medford April 29

Clothing drive will coincide with the Medford Town-wide Yard Sale

Migrant Worker Outreach Director, Dory Dickson announces new system for clothing drive which benefits migrant workers and their families (Photo courtesy of Migrant Worker Outreach)

Volunteers with Migrant Worker Outreach (MWO) have a mission of welcoming migrant workers and their families to South Jersey during the blueberry harvest in June and July. Since 2010, year-round residents of South Jersey have donated generously to the MWO clothing drive. Six thousand Hispanic and Haitian workers who come to New Jersey for the blueberry harvest are only in the area for seven or eight weeks each summer.

“We collect more than just clothing for migrant workers and their families,” said Dory Dickson, co-founder and director of Migrant Worker Outreach. “You can visit our website and scan down to the highlighted section to read our list of requested items. Besides clothing, linens, yoga mats and five-gallon plastic buckets, there are a few new requests this year: colorful cotton bandanas and swim suites for youth ages 5 through 17.” For the past several years, Migrant Worker Outreach (MWO) has placed clothing drive collection boxes at area libraries. This year there will be no collection boxes at the libraries. Instead, donors must set up an appointment by phone, to meet the MWO collection vehicle in the parking lots of the locations listed at the bottom of this article.

Dory Dickson cautions donors about the collection process.

“Items will not be accepted until they have been inspected,” Dickson said. “MWO does not have space or manpower to accept items we cannot use. When you call to set an appointment, you can discuss any items you are interested in donating but which are not on our website request list. We also do occasional home pick ups.”

Call Dory Dickson at (609) 969–2480 to set up your appointment to bring in your donations Saturday, April 29, at the Medford Town-wide Yard Sale, Freedom Park, 86 Union Street in Medford. There will be other drops throughout the area. For more information about MWO, visit www.MigrantWorkerOutreach.org

May 6: Burlington County Main Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton, NJ 08060

May 13: Moorestown Library, 111 W 2nd St, Moorestown, NJ 08057

May 20: Cherry Hill Library, Community Wide Yard Sale, 1100 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

May 27: Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Ave., Mt Laurel, NJ 08054

June 3: Evesham Library, 984 Tuckerton Rd, Marlton, NJ 08053