Three organizations, Lancaster County Food Hub, United Way of Lancaster County and Anchor Lancaster, received about 17,000 pounds of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more this week, to be given to those in need.
The donation was the largest the nonprofits have seen in at least a decade, and is likely the single largest of its kind in county history, said Julie Kennedy, Associate Director of Community Initiatives with United Way of Lancaster County.
"The coordinating and planning of the drop-off spanned one month due to the size of the donation," she said.
Fresh Clean Threads provided the clothing and covered the cost for two companies, Worldwide Express and Ward Trucking, to deliver it. AMS Fulfillment provided logistics and warehousing support.
"Clothing, especially this time of year, is a key resource to our clients," said Paige McFarling, executive director of the Lancaster County Food Hub.
The majority of the donation, 13,500 pounds, went to the Food Hub, with United Way (2,500 pounds) and Anchor Lancaster (1,000 pounds) taking charge of the remainder.
"So many people are struggling to make ends meet, so to have a big donation of warm clothing ... means a great deal to us," McFarling said.
The clothing will be distributed soon to organizations and areas where the need is greatest.