For volunteering, the girls brought clothes to tables that were set up for different sizes (e.g., girls 0-12 months, boys 3-5T, mens L, womens M, household items).
Olivia folding clothes.
At the tables, they folded the clothes and arranged them into different groups (e.g., shirts, shorts, pants, jeans, pajamas, socks).
Sophia folding clothes.
The girls were asked by the Sharing Shop's coordinator to arrange all the shoes, boots, and slippers on the shelves. They divided them into four groups: girls, womens, boys, and men. By the time they were done, all the shelves were filled with footwear.
Sophia and Olivia placing shoes, boots, and slippers
on the racks. The shelves were full by the time they were done.
One of the benefits of volunteering is that after everything is set up, everyone can take a grocery bag and choose items they need. If you need more or are picking items for others, extra bags are only $1.
The clothing giveaways are open to the public and there are always lines of people waiting to get in - especially on the first morning. In addition to gently used clothes, families with small children are asked if they need new socks and/or underwear. These are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
This is such a valuable and needed program for the community. As prices for food and gasoline continue to rise, money that is available for clothing and other household items are often greatly reduced. Clothing giveaways, such as the one offered by Lakes Free Church, are invaluable to individuals and families trying to make ends meet.