Spring weather is just around the corner, and with it comes the need for a different wardrobe. For some families, spring and summer gift-giving occasions compete for the same dollars needed to purchase clothing or food. The people of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 537 Bolton St. (Route 85), Marlborough would like to help by offering an Accessories and Clothing Giveaway on Saturday, April 1 from 10 am to 1:00 pm.
Gently used clothing for men, women, babies, and children, will be offered for free. Clothing is in good to excellent condition, and most of it is arranged by size, with many items on hangers, to create the feeling of shopping in a store. Adult clothing is seasonal, but there may be fall items among the children’s clothing, since we know that parents often like to plan ahead for the next size and season. Accessories, such as shoes, belts, bags, scarves, and costume jewelry will also be available, at no cost. Those who come can bring their own bag, or take a bag provided and fill it with whatever they can use.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that an average person throws away 70 lbs. of clothing every year totaling 21-24 billion pounds going into landfills annually! The St. Stephen Clothing Giveaway comes just three weeks before Earth Day, when people are encouraged to think of creative ways to reuse, reduce, recycle and otherwise take care of the earth. Parishioners and their friends intend to help by donating clean, popular, wearable items that customers will take and use, thus keeping good clothing out of landfills.
For more information about the church, visit saintstephenlutheran.com or the church’s Facebook page. Saint Stephen is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.elca.org) The church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, inviting people of every gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, marital status, or class. Parishioners come from Marlborough, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, and Bolton. Worship services take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 am.