Charlottesville groups are collecting goods for those in need. It's an opportunity for people to give back to many different members of the community.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee will be collecting clothing for schools and non-profits, while the group Cville Pride will be hosting a food drive to benefit the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA). It's all part of a joint effort leading up to the Inaugural Day of Service Saturday.
Volunteers will be collecting winter coats, sweaters and scarves, as well as any non-perishable food items, especially those high in protein like tuna fish, beans, and peanut butter.
Volunteers are also needed to help run collection sites.
"I think it's important. We all live in this community, we all have to pull together and just do what we can," said Blaise Spinelli, member of Cville Pride and event coordinator. "You gotta give back."
Collections start Tuesday and go through Saturday. Donations for both organizations will be collected from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the IX complex, where the old Focus Flea Market was, across from Pro-Tax. Secondary collection sites have been set up at Toddsbury Market in Ivy, Trailside Coffee in Crozet, and C'ville Coffee in Charlottesville.
As part of the Inaugural Day of Service, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will also be hosting a trail cutting at Darden Towe Park starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants are asked to meet at the new barn.
Charlottesville Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos said the Inaugural Day of Service is a non-partisan event. "It's just about bringing our communities together and giving back to those in need," she said.