A Hesperia dance studio recently announced a partnership with a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the studio’s dancers’ costume expenses and travel expenses.

Dance Dynamics is hosting the clothing and textile drive, accepting clothing and shoes of any kind, in any condition, through Sunday. Following the clothing drive, Clothes for the Cause, the fundraising company, will pick up the donations and provide Dance Dynamics with the total of their fundraising effort, measured in dollars per pound.

This local group of dancers has been invited to participate in the world-famous Harlem Globetrotter’s half time show at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The money raised from the drive will help with costume fees, as well as assist the kids with their upcoming traveling expenses in January upon the Carnival cruise line.

These dancers have been invited to board the cruise liner and perform across the sailing seas for the ship’s passengers.

This is a dream come true for many of these children who have worked a tremendous amount of tireless hours to prepare for their upcoming events.

“We are thrilled to be able to help Dance Dynamics in its time of need,” said Mandy Galarza. “Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by collecting things, free of charge, that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses.”

Dance Dynamics, located at 16566 Smoketree St., is collecting donations between 3:45 and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to garments, Clothes for the Cause accepts pairs of shoes, hats, gloves, towels, sheets, blankets, quilts, drapery, purses, belts, rugs and stuffed animals.

Through events, Clothes for the Cause gives community groups, including churches, sports teams, school bands, and others, the opportunity to turn their friends and families’ unwanted clothes into cash, while promoting sustainability and charitable acts in their community.

Unlike the quintessential fundraiser that asks people to buy candy bars, flower bulbs or candles, Clothes for the Cause assists community groups and youth and makes a positive impact on the environment and in-need communities, without charging event participants a cent. Instead of decaying in landfills, donated items are re-worn, reused or ethically recycled both in the United States and abroad, based on best use.

Clothes for the Cause provides all necessary tools and materials to host a successful fundraiser, including informational brochures, letters and flyers to distribute to the community members, tired-and-true promotion tactics, and convenient pickup of donated items at the close of the fundraiser. Event organizers can structure their events to raise a wide range of funds to support a variety of community projects, from purchasing new soccer jerseys to rebuilding a community.

Clothes for the Cause, a family run fundraising, has offices in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It’s owned by Gemtext, a Northwest-based sustainability-focused company serving the textile recycling industry through regional partnerships.

Gemtext collects unwanted textiles and recycles or repurposes the materials in domestic and international markets. For more information, or to contact an event planner, visit www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com or call 800-935-0992.

Dance Dynamics of Hesperia is a studio that teaches dancers of all levels to perform different styles of dance, as well as tumbling, cheer, lyrical and drama. Visit www.dancedynamicsstudios.com for additional class information.