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Help a TriBeCa Homeless Shelter End its 'Clothing Crisis'

 New York City Rescue Mission, which sits at 90 Lafayette St., says it is in the midst of a
New York City Rescue Mission, which sits at 90 Lafayette St., says it is in the midst of a "clothing crisis."
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TRIBECA — If you've been meaning to finally give away that bag of clothes sitting in your closet, here's a place really needs them now: the New York Rescue Mission.

The longtime TriBeCa homeless shelter at 90 Lafayette St. is in the midst of a "clothing crisis," according to a recent newsletter sent out by the nonprofit.

"We really have an urgent need for more clothing," Andrew DeCurtis, head of development for the mission, told DNAinfo New York. "We're serving more people than ever."

The shelter, which houses about 100 people a night, expanded its clothing program, and now offers a drop-in time, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for anyone who needs clothing. They give away up to six items of clothing per person, and, on average, get about 15 people a day in need of clothes.

Clean, quality clothes are needed for both men and women — though men's clothing is now in higher demand, particularly extra-large sizes, including 2X and 3X, DeCurtis said.

Current priorities include everyday summer clothing, like T-shirts and jeans, as well as clothing that could be used in job interviews, including suits, dress shirts and ties.

New underwear and socks for men and women are needed as well. The mission also encourages people to have clothing drives among co-workers and friends for new, or gently used clothing.

Interested parties can drop off the items themselves, or schedule a pick-up.

For more information, head to the mission's website, or call 212-226-6214.