Recycle your clothes for those in need

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW

It’s time to start looking through the closets again.

We all have those coats, scarves, gloves, etc., that we know will not be worn this winter. They are just taking up space in the closet. Perhaps your child has outgrown that new coat you bought last year or perhaps that ski jacket is not the right size or style. You hate to throw them away. After all, they still have lots of wear left. You could take them in for resale, but perhaps there is a different choice.

Every year in October, the women of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church gather gently used clothes from people in the community to give away. That’s right, they give them away, free of charge, no strings attached to anyone who comes and requests them.

The annual Clothing Giveaway will be Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church parish hall, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

The Clothing Giveaway began over 10 years ago as a way to provide free clothing to anyone who needs it, particularly winter clothing for the cold winter months.

“There were too many children coming to school in the middle of January in thin clothing, unprotected from the cold,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s.

The women and men of St. Patrick’s work together to gather clothing of all types, along with linens, bedding, pillows and other relevant items to give away.

Your used clothing and accessories can be brought to Airport Storage between 10 a.m. and noon every Saturday prior to the event. Please do not drop clothes off at the church or at the storage unit at undesignated times. Items must be clean, usable and marked according to size and gender.

“We are so grateful to our generous community for their continued outpouring of love and compassion,” said Neel. “This is one of the most gratifying things we do at our church and it couldn’t be done without the help of the greater Pagosa community.”

This story was posted on August 24, 2015.