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Clothing Exchange Reaches Milestone

A local initiative with a mission to help area families has reached the 25-year milestone.

The Kid’s Clothing Exchange, organized by the Clinton Methodist Church, is a way for families to receive gently used children’s clothing.

The spring exchange was set up a little bit differently this year because of Covid-19 precautions. Those taking part in this year’s exchange dropped off a basket of clothing at the church on Utica Street.

The participant filled out a form indicating the size of children’s clothing they hoped to receive. They also decided their pickup time.

Donated clothing was left to sit in Fellowship Hall, which is inside the church, for a week before volunteers sorted through the items. This was another pandemic precaution.

On clothing pick-up day, the baskets participants dropped off their clothes in were full of gently used clothing based on the form filled out.

Carol Drogus, an organizer of the event, pre-pandemic people could pick out their own clothes to take home. “In the past what people would do is come that day [of the exchange] with [their] bag of clothing, and they’d go in and pick what they wanted.”

When Drogus helped start the event 25 years ago, she had clothing from her young son she didn’t need that was in good condition. She wanted to share the clothing with others. That was one of the original goals of the event—share.

“Just to find good used clothing that we could pass on to families that needed it,” she said of the clothing exchange.

The used clothing accepted for the exchange include socks, jackets, hats, gloves, bibs, blankets, bedding, towels, shoes and maternity clothes. The clothing is sized 0 to an adult small….

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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