YMCAs across Oklahoma are enlisting the support of their communities in a statewide clothing drive for the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) in Lawton. Clothes donated at any Y location in the state from June 21 through July 18 will go to the Soldier’s Closet, a free store open to junior enlisted military families at Fort Sill.
The Soldier’s Closet served more than 2,500 Fort Sill soldier families last year. The army post is expected to process and deploy a record number of troops this year, according to Bill Vaughn, executive director of the ASYMCA in Lawton. The most requested items at the Soldier’s Closet are baby clothes and formal dresses.
“We have had a baby boom at Fort Sill and can’t keep baby items in supply,” Vaughn said. “Ball gowns are also in high demand. Our young soldiers are invited to several balls a year and formal dresses are expensive for young couples to purchase, so they turn to the Soldier’s Closet.”
Clothing donations can be dropped off at any Y location across the state during regular business hours. Visit www.ymca.net for a complete listing of all Oklahoma Y locations. For more information on the Soldier’s Closet or the Armed Services YMCA at Fort Sill, contact Bill Vaughn at (580) 355-5520.