Area businesses host free clothing event

PLATTSBURGH — Many people work hard, yet they barely get by.

For them groceries, electricity and heat come before purchasing a fleece.

So area business people got together and held a free clothing event at the North Country Co-op.

“This is not just about the homeless,” said Lori Woodley of the Dress Code. “Times are tough.”

She handles donated clothing for the Dress Code and found herself with many items that were not necessarily the right fit for the store.

“This seemed like the right thing to do,” Woodley said.

She and Kim Cummins of the North Country Co-op brainstormed and came up with the free event, which was staffed by community volunteers who assisted attendees and folded clothes.

“My personal philosophy is you have to see what your community has and make sure it is accessible to everyone,” Cummins said. “It was such a large amount of clothes, and so we thought we should open this up to everybody.”

This helps individuals in need, which is especially important during the holiday season.

Cummins pointed out that not only are people getting what they need, but the resources are already available in the community.

Also, Cummins questioned why everything has to be sold in today’s world.

“Ideally, we would like to do this again,” she said.

Woodley agreed. She wondered if someone had another space for such an event that they could use as a tax write off.

Community members steadily climbed the narrow flight of stairs to get to the clothes, located above the Co-op.

Adults and children sifted through the items, which also included jewelry.

“My daughter told me about it and we saw the sign out front,” said Juanita DesRocher, who was there with her granddaughter, Shelby.

Shelby sat on the floor looking through jewelry.

“Sometimes my sisters like jewelry, and I get them something they can wear to school.”

DesRocher said the clothes were good quality and the volunteers friendly and generous.

“This time of year especially, this is very important,” she said. “Many people have a lot of money even though they work hard, and some people don’t have jobs.

“Plus, kids always need an extra coat.”

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