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St. Patrick’s to offer free clothing Oct. 24

It is said that the best things in life are free, and members of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will be doing their part to prove it on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. at their annual clothing giveaway.

Tables will be set up in the church’s parish hall with enormous stacks of winter clothing, all sorted into the appropriate categories and sizes.

In addition to clothes, there will also be winter coats, sweaters, shoes and gloves. Clothing that is not in good condition is discarded prior to the event, so that those who come will be assured of finding clothing that should hold up through the season. Church members will distribute shopping bags at the door.

“We have seen a huge surge in the number of people seeking help from our church this year due to economic hardships,” said Teri Sullivan, event coordinator. “In years past, we have had a lot of clothing left over. This year, we are hoping that people will come and fill their bags with what they need, so that there will be nothing left to dispose of in the end.”

According to Sullivan, there are no eligibility requirements or referrals necessary for those who come, nor is there a limit on how much can be taken.

“We want all who need the clothes to come and pick out whatever they want. This is a free gift, no strings attached,” she said.

“It is our aim for St. Patrick’s to be a mission-minded parish,” says Rev. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We take our service to the community and to all of God’s children very seriously as we seek to provide opportunities for others to experience the love of Christ through our actions.”

St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., next to the hospital.

Call the church office at 731-5801 for more information.