Pilgrim Cleaners seeks Boy Scout uniform donations in July

Wearing a uniform is a memorable part of the Boy Scout experience, but many families can’t afford to purchase one.

Enter Pilgrim Cleaners and its sixth annual uniform collection campaign, “Scouting for Uniforms,” with media sponsors Sun Newspapers and KARE 11.

Pilgrim has collected about 2,000 uniforms since the first year of the campaign. During the entire month of July, all 25 Pilgrim Cleaners locations will accept donated Scout uniforms, clean them and deliver them to the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America for distribution to Scouts in need.

Cub Scout uniforms – the blue shirts worn by boys in first through third grade – are the greatest need this year. Boy Scout, Venturer and adult leader uniforms are also needed, as well as accessories such as belts, neckerchiefs and hats.

Uniforms may be dropped off at any Pilgrim Cleaners during regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit pilgrimdrycleaners.com to locate the store nearest you.

Uniforms can also be dropped off at the St. Paul Scout Service Center at 393 Marshall Ave., and the Golden Valley Scout Service Center at 5300 Glenwood Ave. between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

If you don’t own a uniform but still wish to contribute, you may send financial gifts to Northern Star Council BSA, Attn: Kent York, 393 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102.

Info: 763-231-7201 (Northern Star Council).