DUDS is an organization of individuals solely dedicated to giving needy and homeless children attending summer camps in New York state, clothing to wear during their two-week experience. DUDS is "The Clothesline for Camp Kids" headed by Ann and Bill Corbett. The group is nonprofit and collects gently used children's clothing or new clothing for inner city youths, who, through special funding programs, trade city streets for mountain trails and fire hydrants for pristine lakes located mainly in the camping areas of the Harriman State Park.
The idea for DUDS originated when Ann and Bill Corbett, as officers of the Palisades Camping Association, recognized the need for camp clothes for homeless shelter youngsters attending camps in the park. Bill Corbett remarked, "These children ages 6-12 come to camp with only the clothes on their back. Their faces light up and they get so excited when they see the clothes and can pick what they like among the donated things laid out on the picnic tables for them. Special items like new or very gently used designer shorts or sweatshirts are saved for each youngster's summer camp birthday or for when Santa makes his off season surprise visit."
Ann Corbett commented, "An upstate summer family camp was the first to adopt the idea of collecting and donating clothing, bathing suits and towels. Because hundreds of needy and homeless children began their two week camp program in June, they did not always have a chance to get as many items as children arriving later in the summer. That is why DUDS was formed. It gave us the time to collect clothing year round to make sure camp kids wouldn't be left out when the camps opened in the early summer."
Ann went on to say, "I want to particularly thank the Floral Park Woman's Club for their donations of clothes to DUDS, the 'Clothesline for Camp Kids'." During the month of May others interested in giving clean, folded, gently used shorts, slacks, summer jackets, sweatshirts or bathing suits, beach towels, new socks, new underwear and other clothes for camp kids ages 6 - 12 call 775-0435 or drop off clear plastic bags with items neatly packaged at Corbett Associates, 111 South Tyson Avenue.