In year three, ballet school’s winter clothing drive grows

The Marblehead School of Ballet and the North Shore Civic Ballet report that their third winter clothing drive was a success. The drive, which ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 10, collected over 160 garments, which will help neighbors experiencing hardships this winter. 

Students Masha Bondarenko, Karen Smith and Connie Truax display some of the clothes collected in the Marblehead School of Ballet and North Shore Civic Ballet’s third annual winter clothing drive. COURTESY PHOTO / MARBLEHEAD SCHOOL OF BALLET

During the school’s Community Appreciation Week Dec. 2-8, the MSB and the North Shore Civic Ballet collected gently used winter coats for people of all ages and new pajamas for children up to age 6.

The coats were gathered and donated to Anton’s Cleaners through the Coats for Kids and Families Partners Distribution Network, and the new pajamas were given to the Lynn Economic Opportunity to distribute to children in need.

With more local families facing economic hardships and homelessness, helping neighbors in need get through the cold winter was a priority, said Marblehead School of Ballet Director Paula K. Shiff, who thanked everyone who contributed to the drive.

Judy Moynihan, a board member of the nonprofit North Shore Civic Ballet, which has been performing and providing arts education in greater Boston for 49 years, delivered the coats to Anton’s Cleaners Annual Coats for Kids and Families drive. 

Rosemary Grant, a member of the NSCB board of trustees, packaged and delivered the new pajamas to Lynn Economic Opportunity. 

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