Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Volunteer Celebrates Birthday by Giving ; Volunteer: Donations about More Than Taxes

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Volunteer Celebrates Birthday by Giving ; Volunteer: Donations about More Than Taxes

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Underwear and socks aren't typically favorite birthday gifts, but Jay Collins wanted lots of them -- just not for himself.

People often donate outer clothing, particularly for women, Collins said, but they don't think about underwear and socks. Friends and family used social media to promote the drive to collect clothing, which was delivered to the Let's Help clothing bank at 200 S. Kansas for Collins' birthday on Tuesday.

"There's thousands and thousands of dollars (worth of clothing) in that truck," he said.

Some people and businesses, including Sam's Club and Walmart, donated cash to the clothing bank, Collins said. That money went into an account to purchase socks and underwear when the current supply runs out. People responded more than expected, and no one seemed worried about documenting their donations for taxes, he said.

"Not one person wanted a receipt," he said.

Collins, who has volunteered with Let's Help for eight months, said he wanted to draw attention to the work the organization does. …

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