In honor of National Orphans Day, the Flagstaff International Relief Effort (F.I.R.E.) is having a clothing drive Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Heritage Square, downtown Flagstaff.

"We need a lot more clothing," said David Edwards, the internationally-known photographer who spearheaded the start of the relief effort in 1993. "We need winter clothing, good shoes — hiking shoes are the greatest — any baby clothes and baby shoes. We could use, of course, wool blankets. Do not bring us dirty clothes; no dog hair. We have collected two storage units full so far."

The clothing will be hand delivered to the poor of all ages in Mongolia, but many items will go to children. All items will be shipped to Mongolia in September and given to recipients in November.

Edwards said there is also a need for crutches, wheelchairs and vitamin supplements that are not out of date. New underwear and socks are also welcome.

Please look through your closets for good-condition clothing to help very poor people in a very cold country stay warm.

Call 779-1966 for more information.

— Arizona Daily Sun

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