Fall and winter holidays are just a few weeks away. For people on tight budgets, this season can be stressful when gift-giving occasions compete for the same dollars needed to buy food or clothing. If only clothing were FREE! It will be, at the Saturday, November 4 Clothing Giveaway at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 537 Bolton St. (Route 85), Marlborough from 10 am to 12 noon.
Clothing is in good to excellent condition. Most is arranged by size, with some on hangers, to create the feeling of shopping in a store, with“departments” for men’s, women’s, and children’s clothes. In addition, accessories – hats, gloves, shoes, boots, belts, costume jewelry, scarves, and pocketbooks – will also be available, all at no cost, to add an element of fun, or provide the opportunity to reward yourself for smart shopping.
The event is open to the public, regardless of need; recycling advocates are especially welcome to shop. Bring your own bag, or take a bag provided and fill it with whatever you can use.
John the Baptist said, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none.” (Luke 3:10) In addition to sweaters, slacks, jeans, long sleeve shirts and tops, and a limited selection of new socks and underwear, a whole rack of coats and jackets will be available at the Giveaway.
Donated items come from Saint Stephen parishioners and friends who give clean, popular, wearable items that customers will take and use, believing they are helping not only individuals but also the earth, keeping good clothing out of landfills. The November 4 event marks the church’s 14th Clothing Giveaway and the first since 2019. The twice-a-year events were not held from 2020-2022 because of the pandemic.
For more information about the church, visit www.sslcma.org 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, Stow, Bolton and Worcester. Worship services are held Sunday mornings at 10 am followed by coffee hour and preceded by Sunday School for adults at 9.