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Salvation Army planning clothing bank for area

September 9, 2010
By COLIN KYLER ckyler@timesobserver.com
Warren’s Salvation Army citadel plans to give away clothing, helping families in a difficult economic time. Warren Salvation Army Maj. Margaret Starnes said the church will offer a clothing bank service beginning Sept. 15. Families must make appointments to come to the church and receive free new and nearly new clothing once a month, she said. The organization has new and nearly new items, Starnes said, with Blair Corp. serving as the largest contributor. Other items come from community members, she said. “I don’t know that this is offered in the community,” Starnes said. “We’re trying to meet a need.” In the past, Starnes said the church sent those in need of clothes to Goodwill with vouchers. However, she said the store has seen decreased contributions. The trial program will run for a year, Starnes said, while organizers determine the need in the community. Approximately 20 volunteers have worked on the project, she said. Those wishing to make an appointment should call the church office at 723-8950, Starnes said. She said people can choose appointments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Anybody who wants to donate clean, unstained clothes should bring them inside the church’s building on 311 Beech St., Starnes said. Due to Blair’s contributions of adult clothing, she said the church needs clothes for infants and children.

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Clothing bank
Maj. Margaret Starnes poses with some of the clothes the Salvation Army has to offer.

 
 

 

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