Corey Burke will be on a mission Saturday.
The Lakeside High School senior will canvass the streets of Jones Creek, picking up clothing donations for Child Enrichment Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists abused and neglected children in the Augusta area.
Burke, 17, is working toward his Eagle Scout badge and organized the clothing drive as his project.
“What I really like about Child Enrichment is that they help children who can’t really help themselves,” Burke said. “Once children are taken out of their house, it’s really hard for them to get back on the right track.
“The least I can do is to help ... supply them with clothing.”
Burke is seeking new or gently worn children’s clothing to give to Child Enrichment’s Children’s Clothing Closet. The organization will accept only new socks and underwear.
“We’d accept coats, shoes, pajamas, any sort of T-shirt,” Burke said. “We really need new socks and new underwear, and diapers.”
Donations also can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at 705 Jones Creek.
The Clothing Closet was started by a volunteer in 2007 and provides four complete outfits to foster children, said Child Enrichment Executive Director Dan Hillman.
More than 20,000 pieces of clothing have been distributed to children in need. Hillman said the clothing program depends on volunteers.
For Hillman, having Burke raising community awareness is just as important as the drive itself.
“The project is one thing, but having a young person go out there in the community and know what we’re doing is a really powerful tool,” he said.
Before the drive, Burke will notify people how they can donate by taping flyers to mailboxes in the Jones Creek neighborhood.
“We’re going to go door-to-door, totalling about 500 houses,” he said.
Friends and fellow members of Burke’s Boy Scout Troop 643 will help with his project, Burke said.
Burke is a section leader in Lakeside High’s marching band. He’s also a member of the school’s National Science Honor Society, National Honor Society and Music Honor Society.