It will be a familiar sight for central Ohioans: Charity Newsies volunteers will hit the streets Dec. 12 to raise money to help clothe Franklin County's school-age children in need.

It will be a familiar sight for central Ohioans: Charity Newsies volunteers will hit the streets Dec. 12 to raise money to help clothe Franklin County's school-age children in need.

About 450 volunteers, each dressed in distinctive white jumpsuits, will occupy 80 street corners, selling special-edition copies of The Columbus Dispatch.

Drive chairman John Umpleby hopes the forecast will call for chilly temperatures and light snow -- to remind people of Christmas -- but no rain.

"The bottom line is the people come through for us, as long as the weather's nice," Umpleby said.

The 108th Newsies drive will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event produces about one-third of the organization's annual budget.

Umpleby said 11,000 people already have applied to receive clothing this year -- up 500 from 2014 -- making him anxious about the success of the drive.

"I'm always worried a little bit," he said.

Another 33 percent of the budget comes from the Charity Newsies Clothe-A-Child Gala & Auction, to be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Bluestone, 583 E. Broad St. The evening will feature both silent and live auctions, appetizers, live music and dancing.

Tickets cost $40 each and available online at charitynewsies.org or at the door.

Then, from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, the Newsies will be at the Holiday Hop in the Short North. The group will have a table in front of the Short North Tavern and will stroll through the crowd, seeking donations.

The remaining portion of the Newsies budget comes from donations throughout the year.

It takes about $160 to clothe each child, who receives six pairs of underwear, three pairs of jeans and as many shirts -- or three school uniforms, depending on the individual request -- as well as a hat, gloves, a voucher for shoes and a coat, which kids get to pick out themselves.

"They call it a shopping spree," Umpleby said.

Families still may apply for clothing from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 4 at the Newsies headquarters, 4300 Indianola Ave. Parents must show identification -- Social Security cards for themselves and their children -- and proof of income.

Clothing donations are not accepted, Umpleby said. Charity Newsies uses its own money to buy directly from the manufacturer, he said.

Shari Carroll, chairwoman of the Charity Newsies board of directors, said volunteers work throughout the year, spreading the group's message and raising money.

"Because were out in December, (donors) think we're a Christmas charity," Carroll said. "We're a year-round charity."

Carroll said she enjoys inspiring people and helping them recognize the mission of Charity Newsies.

"You've got to have a passion and you've got to help people understand," she said.