More than 100 people came to the November 19 Clothing Giveaway at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Marlborough. Committee members believe there could have been as many as 2000 items of clothing available, in very good condition and ready to wear.
Janice Conlin of Southborough, chair of the event, estimates 120 customers came through the doors and left with one or more bags of free clothing for men, women, and children, in addition to purses, jewelry, shoes, boots, scarves and hats that were also offered. Shoppers included people referred by area agencies as well as the general public.
Besides the gently used clothing and accessories donated by St. Stephen members and friends, there were some new items. The church’s knitting group, The Knit Wits, made winter hats. Through a $250 grant from Thrivent, applied for by member Cathy Schoenleber of Hudson, the committee purchased 28 sets of underwear and 8 pairs of winter gloves.
In addition to Conlin and Schoenleber, committee members included Anita Phelan and Bev Broz of Marlborough; Marlea Dutt, Yong Hee Spiller, Maggie Leddy, and Donna and Scott Lambert of Hudson; Gerda Youkstetter and Tammy Kaye of Shrewsbury; Beth Warner of Stow; and Barbara Parente of Bolton.
For more information about the church, visit our website or the church’s Facebook page. Saint Stephen is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 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, Stow, and Bolton.