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Metro Creative Connection River Valley Child Development Services' School Age Connections program is collecting items for women tying to get into the workforce, including workplace-appropriate dresses, tops, sweaters, skirts, accessories and more.

HUNTINGTON - River Valley Child Development Services' School Age Connections program is collecting items for women tying to get into the workforce.

School Age Connections - which has after-school programs at Meadows Elementary and the Explorer Academy, as well as summer programs for school-age children - is hosting the clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success River Cities, according to a news release.

Dress for Success aims to empower women seeking economic independence by providing them with the necessary professional clothing, job-seeking skills and other tools to enter the workforce.

The after-school programs will collect donations of workplace-appropriate clothing and accessories, including women's pants and dress suits, dresses, skirts, sweaters, cardigans, tops, dress pants, khakis, coats, shoes, purses, belts, jewelry and scarves. Plus-size items in particular are needed.

Donations can be dropped off at the School Age Connections after-school locations, or between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at River Valley's main office, located at 611 7th Ave. in Huntington.

Items will be collected through May 31 for the project, which is part of River Valley's year-long celebration of its 45th anniversary. The agency is doing a different charity project each month as part of the celebration in 2016.

Along with after-school programs, River Valley offers child care at Enterprise Child Development Center, and several programs for educators and families of children as young as infants up through elementary school.

To learn more, contact Suzi Brodof, executive director of River Valley Child Development Services, at 304-523-3417 or

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