Donations sought for Nov. 25 Caring Through Clothing
On Black Friday, while other shoppers will be trampling one another in the name of Christmas, the African Violet Foundation will host the best deal in town.
The fourth annual Caring t\Through Clothing will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at First Baptist Church in fellowship hall.
Shoppers can enjoy a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies while “shopping” for clothing, shoes, winter apparel, blankets and housewares, all free of charge.
New underwear and socks will be distributed as well as laundry soap, bleach and fabric softener. Children can “shop” at a special booth for Christmas presents for their parents and grandparents. Adult volunteers will be on hand to help children wrap their gifts.
Families also can apply for a washer and dryer grant. AVF and Sears partner to award one family a washer and dryer. To be eligible, applicants must complete a need-based application and be willing to allow foundation members to see that they have the proper hook-ups in their home.
Some have said there must be a catch. Nobody gets something for nothing.
“There’s no catch,” AVF President Staci Wright said. “Our greatest mission, and one that sometimes goes overlooked, is to help those in our own community. We are not here to judge one another’s circumstances. We are called simply to help.”
Donations, volunteers welcome
The foundation is still seeking donations of gently used clothing, etc. They also are still collecting new underwear, new socks, laundry detergent, bleach and fabric softener. Donations can be left on the front porch of Wright’s home at 305 E. Broadway Ave. in Fairfield.
Foundation board members ask that donated clothes or blankets be free of stains, tears, etc. and that they be freshly laundered.
Anyone who would like to assist in some way with Clothing Through Caring or have clothing items to donate, can contact Wright by telephone at 319-330-8366 during evening hours or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVF was founded 11 years ago to help Fairfield High School students and their families at Christmas. The foundation has grown exponentially and now serves students in grades 5-12 at Fairfield, Pekin and Van Buren public schools and their families.
In addition to its Christmas project and Caring Through Clothing, its also assists students and their families financially in a myriad of ways. AVF is a nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.