A s the days become shorter and the temperatures continue to drop, the need for warm clothing becomes that much more important and the Whitehall First Baptist Church has a way you can help.
The church recently received a shed that was placed in the parking lot behind the church and will serve as a depository for wearable used clothing.
St. Pauly Textile, a Rochester-based, family-run business, dropped the shed off last week and will return each week to clean out its’ contents. For its part, the church will receive four cents for every pound of clothing they collect.
St. Pauly Textile then donates the items to agencies who distribute them to needy people in theUnited Statesand developing countries around the world.
“The used clothing will go to needy people, both in the country and around the world,”FirstBaptistChurchpastor Jim Peterson said. “There is an opportunity for FBC to have a little bit of extra income and provide a community service and also help people outside our community.”
Besides helping those in need and providing the church with a little added income, Peterson also said the shed has the added benefit of helping the environment by keeping clothing and other garments out of the landfill.
And those who donate could receive a tax deduction for the items they donate. Certified receipts are available right on the shed and simply need to be filled out after making a donation.
Items that are accepted for donation include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and even stuffed toys. Anything that’s donated should still be wearable and ripped or tattered items will not be accepted because they create a hardship and expense to dispose of. Pillows, toys and household goods will also not be accepted.
Unlike other similar programs, the clothing is donate whole and not shredded and recycled into new clothing.
Although the shed will be open year round, it takes on added importance during this time of the year with impending return of the winter season.
Peterson said he is hopeful that people will donate items as they weed out their closets.
“We are in hopes that this project will be a blessing to people in the Whitehall area who want to clear out their attics, and closets of good, wearable used clothing, and yet want to know that it is going to be worn by people who need it and are also glad to know that a local church is benefiting from the program,” he said.
The clothing shed is fully self serviced and donations can be dropped at any time. It’s asked that donations be placed in closed bags so they remain clean and dry.
In 2010, more than 51 million garments were distributed to an estimated 6.37 million people all over the world through the St. Pauly program.
The company was founded by Joe DeGeorge and Paul Callarame fourteen years ago. Joe’s children, Joey, Ben and Ted now run the company with Joe.
St. Pauly currently has over 450 clothing drop off sheds all over Upstate New York.