The SAW Clothing Closet is coming to Wilson Middle School on August 20

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – Thanks to donations from people across the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro community, the SAW clothing closet is stocked.

The idea came from social workers in Augusta County public schools, like Sarah Machold. To impact even more students, Waynesboro City Public Schools and Staunton City Public Schools have joined in the effort.

“We knew that COVID had created a lot of financial burdens on our families, so we were looking for opportunities to alleviate that burden and give children in our community a chance to have access to school clothes,” Machold said. “We hope this will remove some barriers and burdens. “

Six donation sites around Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro collected clothing to support the closet.

“It was a lot more than we expected. This is our first year participating in this event so we weren’t sure what to expect, but we were certainly impressed and in awe of the support from the community, ”said Machold.

There is a wide variety of sizes available, from 3T to 2XL.

“The intention is that you can fill bags for the children in your family,” Machold said. “We hope to shift the clothes so that everyone has a chance, like the families who may not be able to come before 5 or 6 p.m. “

Clothing can be picked up by parents and students on August 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Wilson Middle School. Machold said they would put the clothes in the cafeteria for families to walk around. She said you have to wear a mask at school for this event.

Machold also said volunteers are needed to sort and organize clothing donations ahead of the event. If you are interested, you can call (540) 245-5132.

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