Methodists in central and south Texas are literally dropping their drawers off at churches as donations for a half-dozen children's centers.

Members of Covenant United Methodist Church in Austin placed their underwear offerings before the altar on a recent Sunday. Cindy Layton, program director, said that most people give generously to charities but don't think about donating such basics. "Everybody kind of laughs about it," Layton said, "but they think it's a cool idea."