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A belt collection box awaits at the T.G.I. Friday’s on Silver Hill Road in District Heights. The Take Charge Foundation is sponsoring a Pull ’Em Up campaign in an effort to get young men to cinch up their saggy pants. Belts will be collected until Nov. 1 and then will be distributed to youths who need them. (Barbara L. Sallisbury/The Washington Times)

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