A drop-off event in Abbotsford on Aug. 15 is collecting backpacks for youth, business clothing for people looking for work, and more. (Wokandapix from Pixabay)

A drop-off event in Abbotsford on Aug. 15 is collecting backpacks for youth, business clothing for people looking for work, and more. (Wokandapix from Pixabay)

Drop-off event in Abbotsford collects business clothing, backpacks and more

Ibelong supports disadvantaged youth and people looking for work

Donations are being collected on Saturday, Aug. 15 in Abbotsford for a clothing drive and backpacks for disadvantaged youth.

The drop-off event is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Heights Church (1661 McCallum Rd.) by Ibelong Community Program, a grassroots movement to spread kindness.

Ibelong supports the community through the Career Closet Clothing Drive, which provides appropriate clothing for job interviews.

It also offers the Start Rights Backpack Program, which provides kids with a new backpack, lunch kit, water bottle and school supplies, as well as a first-day-of-school outfit and a grocery gift card for lunch and snack needs.

The program last year supported the children of Ishtar Society and Inasmuch, and grew to include the Christmas Care Packs sponsorship program.

Items being collected at the drop-off event for the clothing drive include new and gently used business clothing, shoes, brief cases, purses and accessories.

Items for the Start Right program include backpacks, lunch kits, water bottles, school supplies, $50 clothing gift cards, and $10 to $25 grocery gift cards.

Physical-distancing measures will be followed during the drop-off event.

Visit ibelongcommunity.com or email nicki@ibelongcommunity.com for more information.