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ABQ school crossing guards host 'Seats and Feets' clothing drive

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Monday, May 20, 2024   

Crossing guards see a lot of kids who could use some new duds. But for the second year, the "Seats and Feets" Albuquerque clothing drive is collecting what you can't see - socks and underwear.

The City's Crossing Guard program is behind the clothing drive - aware that undergarments must be brand-new when donated - which means they're often in short supply.

City of Albuquerque Crossing Guard Division Manager Richard Deichsel said while the job of a crossing guard is getting kids safely to and from the school grounds, they want to give back when they see kids and families could use a little help.

"They see kids at all levels, and in the winter they see them in flip flops, with no jackets," said Deichsel. "Some of them are at the same school for 10 years - so they've gone through generations of kids moving on to middle school, and younger ones coming in."

Crossing guards are collecting new packages of socks and underwear at the school crossings at 40 different Albuquerque elementary schools, through tomorrow.

Donations will be delivered to Locker Number 505 Student Clothing Bank - a downtown nonprofit that provides items to K-12 students in need.

Because crossing guards build close relationships with the children and families they see, Deichsel said they recognize that appropriate school clothing allows kids to concentrate on their schoolwork, not what they're wearing.

"Everything we do, we're in the people business," said Deichsel, "and so, I look at our guards as internal customers and then, the parents and the kids as our external customers - and we're public servants."

Deischel said he's retired three times, but returned to work with the crossing guard program 10 years ago.

He supervises 160 employees where the median age is 62 - but the oldest crossing guard is 95, and she's been getting kids safely to and from school for 27 years.




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