Last week a lady at one of our local churches organized a children’s clothing exchange. What a fantastic idea! As budgets get tighter, organizing events like this is one way we can help each other with necessary expenses. It was especially brilliant planning it just before school started, helping a lot of families get some school clothes for their kids for free.
The process was simple. Friday afternoon this sweet lady and a few other volunteers were at the church to accept nice children’s clothes from anyone who wanted to contribute. It was a great incentive to clean out the kids’ drawers and closets! They received quite a few donations, and even some in adult sizes. Then the volunteers organized the clothes onto tables by size, separating boy and girl clothes to make it super easy to find something that would fit your kids.
Saturday morning, they opened the church and had grocery sacks and kitchen trash bags available to fill. If you organized one of these and had a large turnout on pick up day, you might need to limit the number of clothes any one person could take. We had more dropping off than picking up, so everyone was allowed to take all they could use. There were even people bringing more in on Saturday. You did not have to contribute to take clothes home with you–everyone was welcome.
The extra clothes were given to another town that was organizing the same type of exchange, and any extras after that were going to be given to a local charity. A children’s clothing exchange is a great way to share and help relieve some of the burden of families in your own community.