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Free clothing exchange event this Saturday

July 25, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Stop by the Lehigh Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this Saturday for a free Back-to-School Clothing Exchange Event.

The event will take place at 315 Richmond Ave., N from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28. The event is open to the entire community.

"It will be from 10 to 12, or whenever the last person leaves. We are not going to shut it down until it fizzles out," Janelle McGuire said, who's in charge of the event this year.

The Back-to-School Clothing Exchange event has taken place for at least the past 10 years and it's an event the congregation likes to do every year before school starts.

Everyone from church brings in something that they no longer use that is still in good shape and useable. The collection began around Christmas with a big push for the congregation a few months ago to bring in their items.

"The last two months we have been really pushing for everyone to clean out their closet and bring stuff in," McGuire said.

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The clothing runs in sizes for babies to senior adults.

"We end up with a little bit of everything," she said. "We do typically get quite a bit and quite a bit leftover to donate."

In addition to the church's congregation donating clothes, McGuire said the community can also donate clothing that they no longer need the day of the event.

"It's a clothing exchange," she said. "If people in the community have stuff they want to bring in and get rid of and look for new stuff they can do it. They can bring in what they don't need and take what they do need."

This year the items not given away will be donated to the Kiwanis Club in Lehigh Acres. McGuire said she chose this charity because she's heard a lot of good things about the club.

"They do a lot of stuff for people in the community," she said, adding that they give out vouchers and are able to get things at no cost when there is a need.

McGuire said she is hoping that people attend that actually have a need for the clothing and they find what they are looking for.

"This time of year it's expensive. Families are struggling with getting kids (ready) for back to school. A lot of schools are uniform schools. Every year they outgrow their uniform and you have to buy all new stuff. I'm hoping that we have plenty of things like that to hand down to those in need and curb the cost for those back to school kids," she said.

For more information, call McGuire at (239) 989-4798.



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