A clothing drive for needy children begins today, just in time for back-to-school season.

Eight regional Kroger stores will collect new clothes and gently used coats and sweaters now through Aug. 25 as part of the first-ever "Klothes for Kids" drive. The goal is to collect more than 3,000 pieces clothing, and every piece will be given to the YWCA of Columbus.

"The homeless children from the YWCA Family Center always need clothes for school to help them feel confident and successful," YWCA President and CEO Elfi Di Bella said in a news release. "This is a very meaningful opportunity for us."

Kroger is partnering with Dress For Success Cleaners, which operates hundreds of dry cleaning and laundry locations in supermarkets nationwide. Clothing donations may be dropped off at any of these Kroger stores: 1585 Georgesville Square Dr., Columbus 300 S. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna 5800 W. Broad St., Galloway 5965 Hoover Rd., Grove City 659 W. Coshocton St., Johnstown 5161 Hampsted Village Way, New Albany 5991 Sunbury Rd., Westerville 7345 St. Rte. 3, Westerville

--Dana Wilson