Church Offers School Clothes

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The St. Maries Church of the Nazarene could use additional donations for this year’s school clothes giveaway.

The program is especially in need of winter coats.

Dillon Harold and Faithann Ebert show off a few items to be available the School Clothes Giveaway, organized by the Church of the Nazarene in St. Maries Saturday.

Dillon Harold and Faithann Ebert show off a few items to be available the School Clothes Giveaway, organized by the Church of the Nazarene in St. Maries Saturday.

“As of right now we don’t have enough to hand out,” organizer Destrie Brown said. “But we have a week. A lot can happen in a week.”

This year’s giveaway is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 23) in the gym at the church. Gently used clothing, new underclothes, school supplies and backpacks will be available to area children. A table full of children’s books will be added to this year’s offerings. Children must be present to receive new items.

The church has sponsored the event for about the last 14 years.

“I was volunteering at the school when my children were little and I noticed that some kids had holey jeans and no snow boots or winter coats,” Mrs. Brown said. “I went to the pastor and asked if there was any way we could collect clothes to hand out and he told me to run with it.”

The program, which began with offering used clothing in the fellowship hall, has grown exponentially over the years. Last year the gymnasium was filled with tables of donations. About 130 families benefited from the program.

In addition to the event, the church organizes a clothing closet for those needing items throughout the year.

“There shouldn’t be any children running around in holey jeans, and without snowboots and/or coats in such a small close-knit community,” she said.

It takes a crew of volunteers and a community of donations to keep the event going each year. Ms. Brown handles collecting donations, while Faithann Ebert and her crew organize and set up the event. John and Mary Kistler wash and organize the donations that come in throughout the year.

“They keep it nice and organized so that all we have to do is pull the boxes out and unpack them,” Ms. Ebert said.

The crew will begin setting up the gym today (Wednesday). Volunteers are welcome to help with both setup and crowd control during the event. Call the church at (208) 245-4594 for additional information or to make a donation.

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