Opening a Community Clothing Closet Offers an Affordable ‘Fashion’ Option | News, Sports, Jobs

Marie Edwards and Cheri Lathrop donated items for the opening of the Westfield Community Clothes Closet on September 10.

A community clothing closet will open at Westfield Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 10 at 10 a.m. Clothing for children and adults will be available at prices ranging from 25 cents to $2 or $3. An ecumenical group of women met recently to organize the project which will be made up of volunteers from local churches and the community.

Members of the Steering Committee see this effort as a start to meeting the growing needs of the community due to unstable economic times. Marie Edwards, one of the organizers, said the CCC is important because, “It’s an outlet to reuse, recycle and reinvent things instead of just throwing them away. Plus, we believe everyone deserves a little fashion in their life.

The closet will be open the first and third Saturdays of the month at the Portage Street entrance of Westfield Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to noon and the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Donations of clean, lightly used clothes (no underwear please), shoes, boots, hangers, bags and new socks will be accepted during Closet. hours and also Wednesdays at the Presbyterian Church office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Main Street Methodist Church in Westfield. Donation receipts are also available.

Community volunteers who can work two to four per month are also needed. Interested community members who would like to contribute to this project or who would like more information can leave a name and contact information with the church office at 716-326-2643.

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