Park Dept. seeks clothing, shoe donations

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Park Department is partnering with resident Jane Blank to collect clothing and shoe donations until Jan. 23. Donations of gently used women's, men's and children's clothing and shoes can be dropped off at the park office until Jan. 23.
Blank decided to organize a community clothing drive around Thanksgiving.
"I just thought that there is so much waste (of used clothes)," said Blank, explaining that although clothes are often donated to Goodwill and other similar organizations, "some people can't afford the five dollars or whatever it is to buy from Goodwill."
Blank contacted the Marshall County Neighborhood Center, Women's Care Center, and Heminger House and asked them if they had need of used clothes for their patrons. After receiving an enthusiastic green light from the social service agencies, Blank begin to look for a location to distribute the collected items. She decided on the Webster Recreation Center and joined the Plymouth Park Department in recruiting donations from friends, coworkers, and the community. She has been collecting items since the beginning of December, and said that many of the clothes are almost new, some with tags still attached.
All of the donated items will be distributed in a one-day "ladies only" shopping event at the end of January. The social service agencies will be given invites to pass out to their patrons who are most in need of new clothes and shoes. Blank said that she expects to give about 70 invitations to women to come and shop for themselves and their families. She plans to make the day a fun experience for attendees by offering light refreshments and having volunteers on hand to help with choosing items. Blank has never planned an event like this before, and she said that she expects it to be "a learning experience." If all goes smoothly, she may consider making the shopping day a regularly occurring event. For more information or to donate, contact Blank at 574-772-3066, extension 124.