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Massive East Hartford clothing drive aims to help those with intellectual disabilities

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The Unified Sports program at East Hartford Middle School will be holding a clothing drive on Tuesday. (WFSB photo) The Unified Sports program at East Hartford Middle School will be holding a clothing drive on Tuesday. (WFSB photo)
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A clothing drive in East Hartford is looking to help people with intellectual disabilities.

It gets underway Tuesday morning at East Hartford Middle School.

Unified sports are a big deal at the school. Thirty-five athletes, some of them with special needs, others without, have been playing for six years.

"Most people don’t give all these kids all the attention they deserve, so it really helps them out," said Olivia Watkins, East Hartford Middle School.

Watkins is one of the school's police task force members. She's also a volunteer at the clothing drive.

"I feel that it’s just something that's really nice to do. Also because of the interest in law enforcement that I have, it's a good experience to help other people," said Avrey Coltey, a student.

Currently, there's only one unified sport at the school. It's basketball.

The effort is to try and expand the program in the coming years. Before that happens, however, organizers said they need to raise more money.

"What we're trying to do in addition to basketball, we want to add soccer and track," said Christine Sposito, teacher.

"Our school goes from early in the morning to late at night six days a week," said Anthony Menard, principal. "So when you’re running an op like that and you’re including the community and sports, it does cost money to run a program of this nature.”

Sposito, who is also an organizer of the drive, said Savers in Manchester is the store with which they've partnered.

Savers said it will be accepting clothing and giving the unified program a percentage per pound.

The plan is to fill many boxes.

The fundraiser is set from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the middle school on Burnside Avenue.

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