People will be arriving early on Saturday morning, Oct. 23, to get in line for St. Patrick’s annual clothing giveaway.
Doors to the church parish hall will be open from 8 a.m. until noon for anyone who wants to come and stock up on free clothes.
For months, church members have been collecting clothing for men, women and children, as well as some household items and accessories. A large variety of seasonal clothes will be available, including coats, hats, sweaters, gloves, shoes, boots, and much more. The best part is there absolutely is no charge or donation requested; simply take what you need. There is more than enough to go around.
The women and men of the church spend two full days sorting through the donated items; separating children’s, men’s, and women’s items, sorting the shirts, pants, dresses, shoes, coats, sweaters, etc., then stacking or hanging them according to size. Some of the clothing is brand new; most of it is gently used. Workers also discard unusable clothes before the event begins.
“We are living in tough times,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “People are struggling to make ends meet. Jobs are scarce and people are nervous about their future. It is our aim to give hope and comfort to those who are feeling overwhelmed. St. Patrick’s considers it their Christian mandate to serve God’s people, especially those who are in our own community. Like the grace of God, this is a free gift, no questions asked, no references needed.”
No limit is placed on the amount of clothes one person can take. If you need them, take them. “As odd as it may seem, we have always had clothing left over,” says Becky Dorian, who is chairing this year’s event. “We want to give away every item of clothing this year. We will hand out large plastic bags at the door and encourage people to take whatever they need.”
“It is our hope that we will reflect the love of God for all his children through our own acts of compassion and love,” says Fr. Doug.
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd, next to the hospital. Call the church office at 731-5801 for more information.