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Clothing drive scheduled for Martinsburg

August 14, 2000

Clothing drive scheduled for Martinsburg



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Young people will have a chance to learn the lesson about giving to those less fortunate through a unique clothing drive to be held Friday at War Memorial Park.

Teenagers and young people are being asked to donate entire outfits of clothing, to be taken to southern West Virginia for other young people who are preparing to start the school year with little to wear.

The idea came from R.O.C. Ministries of Hedgesville, W.Va., which has held four previous Youth Fests in the park this summer. The final gathering will center on collecting clothing and other donations, said Kim Schell, director of R.O.C., which stands for Rock Outreach Center.

Her parents and others have traveled to southern West Virginia and other places in years past with food and clothing. Last year, they unloaded several vans of goods in two hours.

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"People will come in and give them clothing, but mostly clothing they don't want any more," said Schell, 42, who lives near Hedgesville. "They've gotten halves all their lives. They've gotten hand-me-downs all their lives. This is a chance to give them something whole."

She believes it is important to reach out to those who don't have as much as people have here. Children can get good clothes that are in style, things they will wear, she said.

"It seems like that area really needs things," she said of southern West Virginia. "This area is so prosperous, compared to other parts of the state. We're asking they select from their belongings an outfit they themselves would wear."

She said her son Shaun, 18, "has brand name pants he doesn't even wear." He agreed.

"It really helps out with a lot of kids to give them stuff they don't have," he said. "I have a lot of clothing I can give."

If people don't have complete outfits, any donations will be accepted, including other school supplies, sporting equipment, CDs, games radios, cassettes or whatever else people would like to give.

"I enjoy this," said Matthew Fairbrother, a R.O.C. board member and bass player in the band Dunamis, which played at the Youth Fests this summer. "I believe it's good for a community to have this, to support not just this community, but others as well."

Said Kim Schell: "It's an important way to show we're all in this together."

The Youth Fest begins at 11 a.m. Friday. The community is invited. There is no charge.

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