Columbia Youth Help Clothe the Needy this Winter

When money is tight, many people find it difficult to make even the most basic of purchases. Unfortunately, this often means living without the appropriate clothing. While this is never a good thing, it is even more dangerous during the cold winter months.

Fortunately, there are groups throughout the country that take great pride in providing the needy with clothes. If you know anything about the number of people in need, you realize just how big of a deal this is.

The Columbia Association (CA) Youth and Teen Center and its Teen Outreach Committee have scheduled an event that will make clothes and other items available to those in need. Best yet, it is free of cost.

Anybody who needs clothes can visit The Barn, in Columbia, located at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Distribution dates are Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be many items available, all of which will come in handy for those in need during the winter months. Some of the items being given away include pants, dresses, shirts, coats, hats, shoes, business clothes, and socks. And that is just the start.

Those who plan on attending should keep in mind that there is a limit on both shoes and coats. Furthermore, those who are coming to the distribution days should bring their own bags.

While the Columbia Association (CA) Youth and Teen Center and its Teen Outreach Committee is in charge of setting up and managing event, it is the generous contributions made by the community that make the event possible.

A Real Impact

Last year, for example, the clothing drive collected more than 20,000 items. Subsequently, more than 1,000 families were served. In other words, a lot of people were able to take home a lot of items over the span of a short two day event.

Volunteers are still needed to help prepare for the event. And of course, anybody who is able to lend a helping hand on the distribution days is more than welcome. Some of the many responsibilities of volunteers include:

  • Greeting guests.
  • Assisting guests with their bags.
  • Serving food and beverages to both visitors and volunteers.
  • Restocking clothing areas.
  • Keeping the area clean.
  • Monitoring the people who are being helped.
  • Assisting with children while family members look through available items.

While the cold weather has stayed away for the most part, you cannot expect this to hold true for the rest of winter. As a resident of Columbia, you are well aware of the fact that the cold, snow, and ice will be here soon enough.

Those who have to face this weather without the appropriate clothes are at a definite disadvantage. Not to mention the fact that it can be dangerous to their health.

What is the Columbia Association?

For many years, the Columbia Association, acting as a nonprofit community services corporation, has been helping people of the area lead better lives. The association manages a planned community that is home to more than 100,000 people along with many businesses.

If you want to learn more about the association, if you want to get involved in any way, you can visit its official website at

At The Coyle Law Group, we understand that there are many people throughout the area (as well as the rest of the country) that could use a little help getting back on their feet. Every day, we speak with people who are faced with bankruptcy, foreclosure, and a variety of other financial concerns. Fortunately, all these people need is a little help in order to make everything better.

If you live in or around the Columbia area, if you have run into some financial concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. We can help you better understand the bankruptcy process. We can also provide you with details and advice pertaining to foreclosure (how to avoid it), short sales, and loan modifications.

Those who require assistance of any kind should reach out to us online or via phone at 410-324-2116. We are looking forward to learning more about your situation and helping you out!