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Hagerstown church has clothing for needy

August 05, 2000

Hagerstown church has clothing for needy



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer


On a hot summer day, the need for clothing may not be a person's highest priority.

But members of United Methodist Women sitting in the heat outside Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown Saturday saw their mission as providing clothing for when it is needed most by those who need it most.

They had set up a clothing bank on tables and in boxes outside the church at Winter and Church streets, hoping to attract people who could use good clothing for little money, mostly for kids.

"This is an outreach program of the church," said Beth Clipp, one of those helping coordinate it. "There's a lot of kids in this neighborhood who need it."

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The clothing was donated by members of the church.

"People from the church have been very generous," Clipp said.

"Some people go out and buy clothes just to donate them," said Tracy Snodderly, who helps run the program. "We had one lady who made a bunch of tote bags to give out."

The program has been running for four or five months, every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The clothing was available longer Saturday, in time for back-to-school shopping.

So far, supply has exceeded demand. Many items of clothing were waiting for new owners Saturday afternoon.

"There's clothes in those boxes instead of being on children," said Colista Shoemaker, another of the women.

They are hoping to get the word out about the program so more people will take advantage of it, she said.

The cost is flexible - "whatever they can afford," Clipp said. Someone can get a bag of good clothes for $2.

"I just think it's a good idea," said Amanda Wann, 16, who was shopping for her cousin and sister. She had a bag of clothes, "shoes and socks," primarily.

The women said small clothes, particularly baby clothes, are needed most. They don't anticipate the need will end, nor will the commitment to filling it.

"As long as the need is here, we'll do it," Clipp said

To donate or for more information, call 301-739-1925.

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