The Fifth Annual Costume Drive, which benefits the "working poor" at the St. Vincent de Paul dining room in downtown Phoenix, will take place beginning Monday, Oct. 3 through Tuesday, Nov. 1. at the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. The costume drive will benefit less fortunate children so they can dress up for Halloween.

Costume donations will be accepted at the community center Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For additional information, contact Sabrina Ramirez at (480) 612-3664.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or

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