This Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 am to noon, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will be giving away thousands of articles of clothing to anyone who shows up and asks.
“This year, we have received a record donation from the public with bags of clothing filling a storage facility and two Sunday school classrooms,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “The generosity of the people of Pagosa Springs is a constant inspiration to me,” he said.
The women of St. Patrick’s sponsor this annual clothing giveaway, but it is truly a labor of love by the entire congregation. The men of the parish assist by doing a lot of the heavy lifting, bringing bags of clothing from storage facilities and classrooms to a central area to be sorted according to gender and size by groups of women and men of the church. The project began months ago as the call went out to members of the church and local community for gently used clothes. Airport Storage donated a unit to store the clothes, but as it filled, clothes began to accumulate in the church attic and Sunday School classrooms. The setup and sorting for the event requires many hours of work by members of the parish. “The payoff is seeing so many people come and find what they need,” says Fr. Doug.
“The need is great in our community,” says Fr. Doug, “especially for winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and warm clothing. The weather can be pretty brutal, especially for those who have children who have outgrown their winter coats, or for those whose clothes have seen better days. In truth, the economy has not spared many people from having to do without, and we don’t ask questions of anyone who comes to gather needed clothing.”
Plastic bags will be distributed at the door to be filled with clothes by those who attend. However, recycling is always encouraged, so if you have eco-friendly bags at home, please bring them. There will be clothing available for children and adults alike, as well as bedding, towels, shoes, purses and other sundry items. The giveaway is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. The Clothing Giveaway will be held in the parish hall and the doors will open promptly at 8 a.m.
For more information call 731-5801.