PITTSBURG — The community is being asked to support the Tighty Whitey Brigade and Captain Underpants’ cause by donating new packaged underwear.

Pittsburg USD 250 elementary schools and the community group P3 are conducting a drive for new, packaged youth-sized underwear for children in need in their district.

People may bring donations to the elementary schools or the USD 250 Board office. The drive ends on Tuesday, but donations are always welcomed to be dropped of at the Board Office, P3 Co-Chair Dawn McNay said.

The Captain Underpants-themed drive is requesting youth sizes from toddler to extra large and adult small.

McNay said struggling families may not have the resources to provide basic needs for their children — this includes underwear.

“(For) families struggling with basic needs new underwear is not affordable,” she said.

McNay said the group reached out to school counselors, nurses and Community in Schools to help identify things that can provided to cover students’ basic needs.

In Crawford County, 25.03 percent of children under 18 years of age live below the Federal Poverty Level — the state as a whole is at 17.65 perecent.

There are 1,624 students enrolled at USD 250’s elementary schools, 1,017 of these students (62 percent), qualify for free or reduced school lunch program — an indicator of the level of poverty of the school, McNay said.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.