EL PASO (KTSM) — The 77th annual federal credit union sun bowl parade is just around the corner.
But this year, organizers did something different to kick off the tradition.
It all started a month ago, Goodwill along with several agencies, organized a Thanksgiving Day parade clothing drive.
Goodwill placed bins at 26 businesses in El Paso County, and the goal was to collect as much clothing as possible.
Whoever collected the most unused clothes, based on weight, won a free float to lead the parade.
Karl Murphy, CEO of First Light Credit Union as well as Ruben Bautista, CEO of Goodwill and Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association gathered today at Jason’s Deli to announce the winner for the drive that successfully collected over 34,000 pounds of unused clothing.
"Individuals that might not have had clothing for their families will have them now this holiday season," said Murphy.
Leading the way this year with more than 2,800 pounds of clothing collected and winner of the free float is Harvest Christian Center.
Goodwill will also allow two more business to walk along side the parade and coming in second place were Saint Patrick's Cathedral School and Western Tech.
These two organizations colled more than 2,500 pounds of clothing.
"We are proud of all the businesses that participated and of all clothing that we were able to collect," said Bautista.
Goodwill will also hand out vouchers to all the organizations that participated in the drive to buy clothing.
If you're planning to get a front row seat to watch the parade, the route starts at Montana and Ochoa and ends at Montana and Copia.
It begins at 10 a.m. and if you can't make it out don't worry because you can watch it live right here on news channel 9 beginning thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m.