In their role as youthful ambassadors for promoting community service, Higgins Middle School students Katie Wallace and Matt D'Amato have launched a clothing drive, with the help of local officials, to benefit other kids in need.
The eighth-graders are serving as Peabody's representatives in this year's Project 351 initiative. The program is sponsored by Gov. Deval Patrick and encourages student involvement in community service and leadership development.
Mayor Ted Bettencourt, other local officials, faculty and staff gathered with Wallace and D'Amato Monday to kick off the Higgins Cares Peabody Clothing Drive, which lasts through April 10.
Residents are encouraged to donate new or gently used children's clothing and footwear and they can be in sizes from newborn up to children's XXL.
Drop-off boxes for clothing donations will be placed at various locations throughout the city during the drive, including at schools, City Hall and certain Peabody businesses.