Community Clothes Closet opening offers affordable ‘fashion’ option

Marie Edwards and Cheri Lathrop sort donated items for the opening of the Westfield Community Clothes Closet on Sept. 10.

A Community Clothes Closet will have its grand opening at the Westfield Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Clothes for children through adults will be available for prices ranging from 25 cents to $2 or $3. An ecumenical group of women met recently to organize the project which will be staffed with volunteers from local churches and the community.

The steering committee members see the effort as a start to addressing the growing needs in the community due to the unsettled economic times. Marie Edwards, on e of the organizers, said the CCC is important because, “It’s an outlet to reuse, recycle and reinvent items instead of just tossing them. Plus, we believe everyone deserves a little fashion in their life.”

The Closet will be open on the first and third Saturdays of the month at the Portage Street entrance of the Westfield Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to noon and on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Donations of clean, gently used clothing (no undergarments please), shoes, boots, hangers,totes and new socks will be accepted during Closet. hours and also on Wednesdays at the Presbyterian church office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every weekday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Methodist church on Main St in Westfield. Donation receipts are available also.

Volunteers from the community who can work two to fours a month are also needed. Interested community members who would like to contribute some tome to this project or who would like more information can leave a name and contact information at the church office at 716-326-2643.


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