The annual Great Clothing Giveaway takes place on Aug. 16

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Great Clothing Giveaway is co-hosted by the LDS Church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and the Church of the Nazarene. It will take place Saturday, Aug. 16 at the LDS Church on Southeast Second and Idlewood this year.

If it’s August it must be Giveaway time!

Co-hosted by the LDS Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and the Church of the Nazarene, the Great Clothing Giveaway shopping spree will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16, at all three church locations.

In its 10th year, the event collects donated clothing, then makes them available, at no cost, to the entire community.

“We are looking for lightly used, clean, mended, folded and bagged, or boxed, clothing,” said event chair Lorrie Peterson. “We will take men’s, women’s, children and infant clothing, and shoes, of all sizes.”

Helped by DeAnna Simpson and Donna Hammond, of the LDS church, Jan Uffelman of St. Andrew’s, and Greg Sanders with the Church of the Nazarene and Redemption House, Peterson noted that this is the first year that other area churches have joined in the effort.

“This event originally started as a community effort to share, preserve the environment by recycling, and help out families for the upcoming school year,” explained Peterson, adding that the effort was initially sponsored by Deseret Industries, the humanitarian arm of the LDS church.

Uffelman and her church were happy to become a part of the event.

“We are always looking for ways to perform community outreach outside of our congregation,” she said. “We were approached by LDS and we thought it was a good event to help out with.”

What started as an attempt to help out local, needy families has grown into a highly anticipated shopping day for the entire community.

“It is for everybody to shop for free,” she emphasized. “There is always good stuff here.”

And, as part of the event’s recycling theme, nothing goes to waste. Whatever is left after the event will be distributed to local relief organizations and shelters, or to Deseret Industries.

Peterson explained that the LDS facility in Salt Lake City will accept whatever is left, bundle it into bales and ship the clothing to current relief efforts, worldwide.

“Every article we get will be used in some manner,” said Peterson. “Nothing will be thrown away and nothing will be resold. It is so nice that these clothes stay in the community and what is left goes all around the world.”

Tara Howard, of Clothes Encounters, formerly known as The Lucky Penny, is a supporter of the event as well, donating clothing every year that has been in her store for awhile.

Peterson only asks that people not come to acquire clothing with the intent to resell, explaining that people have donated items for a good cause.

“Take what you need and give what you can,” she said. “Everybody shops for free.”

The Great Clothing Giveaway takes place on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clothes will be available on that day at three separate locations.

The LDS Church, S.E. Second and Idlewood, will have women’s and junior girl’s clothing. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, First and Holly streets, will have children’s and infant’s clothes. The Church of the Nazarene, First and Holly, will have men’s and junior boy’s clothes.

Prior to the event, all donated clothing should be dropped off at the LDS Church at Second and Idlewood, on either Thursday or Friday, Aug. 14 and 15, from noon until 8 p.m.

For more information, or to offer to volunteer, call Lorrie Peterson at 541-788-7484, or Jan Uffelman at 541-420-9480.

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