2018-12-06 / Front Page

Grange seeks used clothing

Liz Gotthelf
Journal Tribune

SACO — Many of us have at least a few items in our closets that we don’t wear – that pair of jeans that no longer fits, a sweater that looked better on the rack than it did on you, or that unused gift from a well-intentioned relative.

Those items can be donated to the Saco Grange 53, which is accepting gently used clothing items for adults and children and blankets for its fourth annual free clothing drive.

“It’s a great way to clean out your closets and help someone in need at the same time,” said Saco Grange Director of Community Services Dawn Tarbox.

All items will be sorted and arranged on tables at the Grange Hall for a distribution event in January, where items will be free for the taking to all those who stop by.

The Grange is hosting donation drop off times at 168 North St. in Saco from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 9 a.m to 2 p.m. on Dec. 17. Donations can also be dropped of by appointment. Contact Tarbox at dawnltarbox@gmail.com for more information.

According to the Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information, a 2015 study showed that nearly 10 percent of people in York County were living in poverty.

No exact numbers were taken, but Tarbox believes last year’s distribution event helped at least 200 people find clothing.

Grange Member Beverly Russell said that last January a young lady came in with a little boy wrapped in a blanket because he didn’t have a winter coat, and was able to find a coat for her son.

Tarbox said at last January’s event there was a family who had just moved to the area from a warmer climate and were spending their first winter in Maine. The entire family was able to find the clothes they needed to keep warm in cold weather.

“It was an amazing experience,” to be able to provide that for the family, Tarbox said.

For more information about Saco Grange 53, visit the organization on Facebook or go towww.grange.org/ sacome53.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 780-9015 or by email at egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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