Sisters at El Camino Real High School collect clothes for homeless peers

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Operation Dress Up, an organization founded by  sisters Megan and Phoebe Kertes, both students at El Camino High School in West Hills,  and their mom Julie Kertes, is holding its second clothing drive on Saturday, October 3 from noon to 3pm at Yozen Frogurt located at 6450 Platt Avenue in West Hills (Platt Village Mall).  Their mission is to  collect back-to-school clothing for homeless students.

Each person who donates a bag of gently used clothing will receive a coupon for a complimentary frozen yogurt, while supplies last. Yozen Frogurt is the recipient of the Daily News Reader’s Choice Award for “2009 Best Yogurt in Los Angeles.”


Sisters Megan and Phoebe Kertes are asking their peers to donate clothes to give to homeless students.

Operation Dress-Up  holds quarterly clothing drives that help homeless students in Los Angeles, where there are  more than 13,000 homeless students in LAUSD alone. Their last drive held in June collected over 2,300 articles of clothing.

Operation Dress Up! came about after Megan and Phoebe read about the growing number of homeless students in Los Angeles due to the harsh economic climate. This year-round clothing drive program is a way for students to help other students and make a direct difference in their communities.

“The community really stepped forward for our last clothing drive which allowed us to donate a mountain of clothing,” said Megan, 16. “We are asking our classmates again to sort through their clothes and pick out some items a less fortunate student may enjoy,” added Phoebe, 14.

“We invite the public to join us in our effort to make a great community stronger and in restoring self esteem, joy and the desire for knowledge and understanding to the children who have so little during these challenging times,” said Karin Kennedy and her husband Reed, owners of Yozen Frogurt. “Your closets can become a little cleaner and you’ll make a child’s smile brighter.”

All clothing collected from this drive will be delivered to Women’s Care Cottage, an agency that helps women and children move off the streets permanently and succeed independently in all areas of their lives.

For additional information on the clothing drive, or questions about donations, contact Julie Kertes at 818.970.6673 or visit

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  • Jackie Houchin

    Good for you, Megan and Phoebe! What wonderful principles you are putting into action – helping the needy, getting your community involved, and promoting a local business. It takes a lot of know-how, persistance, kutspah and “class” to get something like this organized. Your parents and El Camino High School deserve credit for the great education and training they’re giving you.

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