What a Year 2017 Was For Your Friendly Neighborhood Free Clothing Exchange
We're so grateful for all our Exchangers. You're the ones who made the 5th year in the life of the FCE so special.
Thanks to your help and participation in 2017 the Free Clothing Exchange was able to:
- Serve over 105 households this year
- Provide clothes for 180 individuals - at least 70 of which were first time exchangers
- Provide lunches for dozens of hungry FCE attendees
- Give out over 100 pairs of new socks during last winter's exchange
- Provide clothes to refugee families from the Congo and Iraq
- Provide interview and work clothing to folks looking for jobs
We're also grateful for the amazing generosity of the folks at the Kenton Presbyterian Church (who donate our event and storage space) and the folks at Mosaic Church (who sponsor supplies and help pay for things like this website).
Perhaps my favorite memory from this year's events was watching folks from all different walks of life give freely of their time and resources in order to bless their neighbors. And seeing more and more Exchangers stick around after they were done hunting for new digs and visit with other Exchangers.
I realized this year more than ever we were watching strangers become friends. We were watching a new community coalesce and I'm so grateful to be a part of it.
Let's have even more fun while we grow together in 2018. Come exchange and help celebrate our 5th birthday with us at the Kenton Church on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 from 2-4pm.
JAN 7, 2018: Winter 2018 Free Clothing Exchange
Many of you may recall all the crazy snow and ice from last January that caused us to have to delay our winter event.
Should the forecast call for another round of snow and ice as the JAN 7th winter exchange approaches, please be sure to check this site and your email inbox before heading out to the exchange.
Hopefully we won't have to postpone again this year, but more than that we don't want anyone venturing out if the roads and sidewalks aren't safe.
Help Us Distribute New Socks
During last winter's exchange we asked a Life Group from Mosaic North Church if they'd like to sponsor new socks, and without hesitation they pitched in and donated enough to purchase 120 pairs of NEW men's and women's socks.
We gave out 105 pairs at the exchange and our super exchanger Rita took what was left to the folks under the Burnside Bridge.
Help us provide even more this year. Having seen the need at the shelters around town, I can tell you that warm socks go out as fast as they come in this time of year.
If you are able, please bring some new socks to donate during this coming winter exchange.
Merry Christmas and we'll see you in the New Year!