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Clothing giveaway a labor of love

In this day and age, the idea of getting something for nothing may seem suspect.

Surely there are strings attached.

What are they asking us to do in return?

But at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, giving is a common occurrence, an extension of God’s love, an act they believe they are called to do. For at least the past ten years, the church has gathered slightly used clothing and opened their doors to give it away – no strings attached.

“There is always enough,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “In fact, it is rather like the loaves and fishes, everyone is served with remnants left over at the end of the day.”

This year’s clothing giveaway, which will take place in the parish hall of St. Patrick’s church, is slated for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. The clothing giveaway is open to anyone with a tight budget who needs clothes. No questions are asked, no pre-certification is necessary.

Those who come will be given a bag and invited to take whatever they need and leave the rest for others. There is always plenty to go around. Clothing will be sorted according to size, type, gender/age, and will be placed in stacks on tables in the church parish hall and library.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is now receiving donations of gently used or new clothing. Particularly needed are winter clothes, coats, hats, scarves, shoes and boots, for men, women and youth, as well as children’s and infant’s clothing. They also accept bedding, table cloths, place mats, and kitchen towels.

“As the weather gets colder and more severe, we want to be sure that folks have warm clothes,” said Fr. Doug. “We don’t want anyone in Pagosa Springs to not have sufficient clothing to protect them from the cold.”

Clothing can be brought to the church, located at 225 N. Pagosa Blvd. next door to the hospital, or to Airport Storage where there is a specially designated storage area.

“We believe that when we all pull together, we can accomplish amazing things,” said Fr. Doug. “We are called, after all, to love one another.”

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