January 22, 2024


The 66 Express Outside the Beltway Completes Another Winter Clothing Drive With Nonprofit Boxes of Basics

Manassas, Va. January 22, 2024– Over 100 articles of warm children’s clothes were collected during the second annual Winter Clothing Drive held by the 66 Express Outside the Beltway, benefiting Manassas-based nonprofit partner Boxes of Basics.

The drive, which was held Dec. 11 through Jan. 3, solicited donations from the public and the roadway’s employees, who generously donated gently used child-sized coats and jackets to the cause. Boxes of Basics will provide the donated garments, along with personal hygiene products, books, and personalized notes of support, to help empower disadvantaged youngsters throughout Prince William County.

“When a child goes to school in a new warm coat, it gives them a tremendous feeling of confidence which benefits them academically and socially,” said Sarah Tyndall, founder and executive director of Boxes of Basics. “We thank the 66 Express for stepping up again and holding another fantastic Winter Clothing Drive, so that the kids of Prince William County can hold their heads up high.”

The 66 Express Outside the Beltway held its first Winter Clothing Drive for Boxes of Basics in February 2023, bringing in nearly 150 articles of clothes for kids.

“We enjoy strong partnerships with many local nonprofits and are pleased to be able to directly support organizations that impact those with the greatest need” said Nancy H. Smith, Director of Corporate Affairs for I-66 Express Mobility Partners, operators of the 66 Express Outside the Beltway. The 66 Express was proud to be one of Boxes of Basics first ever corporate Silver Sponsor in 2023.

“We’re delighted that our Winter Clothing Drives have been so successful, and we thank our customers and employees for their generous contributions,” Smith continued. “We look forward to continuing our work with Boxes of Basics to make a positive impact on the lives of kids here in Prince William County.”

About Boxes of Basics:

At Boxes of Basics, we believe that every child deserves to have their basic clothing needs met. Our mission is to provide children in need with a seasonal box of quality new and gently used clothing in their size. Our amazing volunteers hand-select and pack every Box of Basics, and tailor it for each individual child. When a child receives their Box of Basics, we want them to feel like they are opening a gift! Learn more at www.BoxesOfBasics.org.

About the 66 Express Outside the Beltway:

Part of VDOT’s Transform 66 Outside the Beltway program, the 66 Express Outside the Beltway is a transformative 22.5-mile multi-modal mega-project featuring advanced dynamic-tolling systems to keep traffic flowing at all times. The lanes provide Northern Virginia commuters, businesses, and mass transit with a reliable option to move people, goods, and services throughout the I-66 corridor, allowing drivers to Sit Less, Live More. Visit www.Ride66Express.com to learn more, and keep up with the 66 Express Outside the Beltway on Facebook and Twitter.