Caring through Clothing donations being soughtRecommended guidelines for clothing donation
Donations are being collected for the second annual Caring through Clothing give-away set for Nov. 29-30 at First Baptist Church.
The giveaway will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 and 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 30 for any community member who has a need.
“Now that the weather is turning colder, we have many people in our community who are struggling to stay warm,” said event coordinator Staci Wright. “Those of us who have been very blessed don’t realize the large number of people in the Fairfield area who struggle to meet even the most basic needs of their families.”
Wright said a few people have a hard time believing people will give away clothing at no cost. Some have asked “if there is some kind of a catch.”
“There’s no catch, it’s not a trick and there are no hidden agendas. We want to help people and show kindness and compassion for our fellow man. That’s our objective,” Wright said. “I believe our greatest mission is one that sometimes goes overlooked, and that is to help those in our own community who are struggling and need support.
“We are not here to judge one another’s circumstances,” she said. “We are called simply to help.”
To assist in any way with Caring through Clothing or to donate clothing items contact Wright at 919-6328 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church asks that donated clothes and blankets be free of stains, tears, etc. and are freshly laundered. Non-clothing items, with the exception of blankets, throws, comforters, quilts,laundry detergent and fabric softner will not be accepted.
Recommended guidelines for clothing donation
1. All items should be free of stains, tears, rips, etc.
2. All items should be freshly washed.
3. Preferably, all items should be bagged or boxed and labeled, indicating if the clothes are girls’, boys’, women’s or men’s. Example: Girls’, Size 3T-4T. If at all possible, box/bag clothing separately. For instance, if you have men’s clothes size large to donate and women’s size medium, if you can bag them separately by like sex and size, it helps us tremendously when setting up. We have such a limited amount of time to set up on Thanksgiving night that your organization is truly appreciated.
4. We accept donations of new underwear only.
5. We accept donations of new and gently used socks, bras, pajamas, swimming suits and undershirts.
6. We accept donations of detergent and fabric softener. These are items that are costly to buy. The local food bank has limited supplies of these items so people in need appreciate receiving these items.
7. We accept blankets, throws, comforters, quilts, etc.
8. We accept winter apparel including coats, mittens, hats, boots, etc.
9. We accept shoes.
10. We cannot accept other household items like appliances, knick-knacks, etc. If these items are donated, they will be taken to The Bargain Box. We have limited space to store items and must limit what we accept to clothing, winter apparel and bedding. Thank you for your understanding.
11. Any donations left over after the event are given to The Closet, a mission operated by the Fairfield Foursquare Church. They distribute clothing free to anyone who expresses a need.
Items can be dropped off at the home of Roger and Staci Wright, 305 E. Broadway Ave., Fairfield.
If you need assistance, organizers will pick up donations. Call Staci Wright at 919-6328 to make arrangements.