Hopewell Valley’s annual Election Day Clothing & Textile Drive will be available at many polling locations throughout the valley area this Tuesday, November 4. The textile drive provides residents with an excuse to clean out their closets and a convenient way to deposit the unwanted textiles at the voting polls.

Residents can donate all types of textiles including clothing, sheets, blankets, towels, curtains, linens, scarves, scrap fabric, hats, gloves, shoes, belts, handbags, pillows and stuffed toys. All of the items must be dry, but can be stained or torn.

While it has been a great success, this is the last year for the collection because Hopewell Valley Regional School District now offers year-round SpinGreen bins throughout the school district.

“Since the drive began, we have collected more than 26 tons of used textiles, “ said Heidi Wilenius, organizer of the drive. “Our year-round bins, which are located in the parking lots of all 6 schools, have been very well received, and due to the success of past Election Day drives, we will continue the Election Day drive this year for the convenience of voters, and to help continue to spread awareness about the drive.”

Find more information on the district website, under the “Community” tab. Facebook users are invited to “like” the textile drive at

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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