Alexandria, VA

Businesses in Alexandria are asking residents to donate costumes for low-income kids ahead of Halloween.

The 13th annual drive is being organized by the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA). Costumes for older kids — “tweens and teens” — are in particular demand, organizers said.

“We are so appreciative that the community donates so many costumes each year,” said Stacy Biddinger, a Del Ray resident who has volunteered with the DRBA to coordinate the distribution for the last four years.

People with costumes to drop off can leave them at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, at the corner of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue, now through Oct. 26.

Last year, Biddinger said people donated over 200 costumes for families in need.

“It’s that generous support which ensures all area kids who want to dress up for Halloween have the opportunity,” she said.

Those looking to browse this year’s selection can chose a costume on Saturday, October 26 from 2-4 p.m, at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center (2701 Commonwealth Avenue).

Residents can also donate by buying costumes from the organization’s Amazon wishlist and delivering them to the association.

The drive is led by volunteers, but Biddinger said the association usually sets aside $500 to buy some costumes in larger sizes.

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