The gently-used clothes are coming in from generous people all over town, and are being sorted and organized this week by the women and men of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in preparation for the big Clothing Giveaway, this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. – noon.
The Clothing Giveaway is exactly what it says it is. It is a gift. There are no strings attached, no photo ID required, no vouchers necessary, no guilt applied. Everyone is invited to come and take whatever they want or need. Indeed, if the folks at St. Patrick’s feel you are holding back, you will be encouraged to take more!
Included in the Clothing Giveaway will be winter coats for kids and adults, play clothes, work clothes, sporting clothes, sleeping clothes, fun clothes, practical clothes, office clothes, bum-around-the-house clothes … you name it, we will have it.
In addition, there will be bedding, table cloths, belts, shoes, scarves, hats, gloves, toys for the kids and much more.
Perhaps you are thinking, “There are people who need it more than I do. Even though I can’t afford new clothes right now, I can make do.” But, the reality is the Clothing Giveaway is not about making do, it is about getting the things you need. If you need a warmer coat, come and get one. If you need shoes for your children, come and get them. If you need nicer clothes to apply for that job, they may be at St. Patrick’s on Saturday morning. There will be clothes of all sizes and styles, and they are completely free.
“The Women of the Church have been doing this for years,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “The greater the need, the more abundant the clothes that we receive. Like the story of the loaves and fishes, no matter how many people come there are always clothes left over at the end of the day.
“The amount of work that goes into this gigantic giveaway is incredible,” said Fr. Doug. “It takes many, many hours of hard work to organize it. Yet, when the people of St. Patrick’s get together and get busy, the time flies by. The spirit among them is one of joy and the satisfaction derived from it is enormous. Indeed, ‘We are blessed to be a blessing.’”
The Clothing Giveaway will be held in the parish hall at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Last-minute donations are being accepted at the church. The doors will open at 8 a.m. and will close at noon. Each guest will be given a large trash sack to fill with clothes. If you need more than one, do not hesitate to ask.