Network, partners donate thousands of clothes to homeless

Network, partners donate thousands of clothes to homeless

Staff Report

Photo Credit: Emma Tracewell
San Marcos students sort thousands of articles of clothing prior to delivery to Santa Barbara’s homeless community with the Consciousness Network.

June was a breakthrough month for the clothing drive spearheaded by The Consciousness Network, a Santa Barbara-based leader for the promotion of conscious living, as it succeeded in raising enough clothing to help thousands of the Santa Barbara area’s homeless.

Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners of Santa Barbara donated approximately 4,000 articles of unclaimed clothing. To distribute them, The Consciousness Network arranged them to be picked up by San Marcos High School’s “Reduce, Reuse and Restore” program, whose students provided the enthusiasm and manpower to get the job done.

The clothing was delivered to various nonprofits and shelters, including the Salvation Army, Transition House, Noah’s Anchorage, and the Rescue Mission. Other community donations are scheduled for delivery through the summer.

The drive is a continuing project at the Network’s Consciousness Expo and Symposium events — formerly known as “Conscious Networking Events.” These Santa Barbara events attract like-minded people from Southern California to nurture collaboration for a better world and to serve the community.

Led by The Consciousness Network’s founder, Forrest Leichtberg, the drive has grown tremendously since its inception nine months ago.

“I am thrilled!” Leichtberg said. “We were able to distribute more clothes than there are homeless people in the area. We will help as many as we can.”

“The Ablitt family has been dry cleaning for four generations. Ablitt’s core values are service, gratitude, and growth. We always look for ways to serve our community and those in need. Working with our clients, we contribute assistance to those less fortunate in our community,” said Sasha Ablitt.

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