Warm Hearts, Warm Clothes: A Recap of Central’s 2023 Clothing Drive

The 2023 Clothing Drive on November 4th was attended by 200 people, almost double the number from last year. Many shoppers have come in the past several years who appreciate the free clothing and shoes. Central church family and friends donated all clothing sizes, and some department stores provided new clothing. Everyone left with plenty of clothing for the cooler weather. Children and their parents look forward to Central’s assistance each year, and a 10-year-old boy and his family reported attending since the Clothing Drive started.

Children and their parents look forward to Central’s assistance each year, and a 10-year-old boy and his family reported attending since the Clothing Drive started.

Throughout October, volunteers accepted and sorted clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children. Volunteers sorted by size and put an accessible shopping area together in the concourse. Eighty volunteers served in preparation for the drive, and 55 volunteers helped on November 4th. Women, men, and children were essential to the whole process. Several people served multiple hours, and groups such as Women on Wednesday served together.

Breakfast was provided, and take-home snack bags were provided to all participants. Donations from the congregation and friends provided nourishment to the guests. Nancy Nasrallah provided Arabic tea for a time of conversation and hospitality.

Clean up after the Clothing Drive and donating the remaining clothing is difficult at the end of a busy morning and after a month of work. This year, a woman who serves in the mission field in Africa volunteered to transport and deliver all the leftover clothing and shoes to Africa. This was a blessing for the volunteers at the drive and those who will receive the gift.

Many thanks to Kim Meagher and Kathleen Nutzel, the organizers of the effort, and to all the volunteers for their many hours of service. The companionship of working together and serving people from the community was a gift to all.

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