Friday, August 17, 2012

Clothing Room here to help

The Dove Children’s Clothing Room is a place where families may select free, good quality clothing for infants and children.The Clothing Room is located at Prairie Avenue Christian Church, 2201 E. Prairie Avenue in Decatur. It is open Monday through Thursday 1-4 p.m. Families can shop for their children once every 30 days and are allowed 3 outfits per child, as well as 2 new pairs of new underwear and socks. The Clothing Room serves children and young adults from infants to age 18. We do not require referrals, but we do ask for each child’s age and gender for our records.

The Dove Children’s Clothing Room is operated by volunteers who are members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at Dove, Inc. The RSVP program is for people 55 and better who are looking for volunteer opportunities in the Decatur and Macon County area. It does not cost anything to be a member and there are several benefits such as mileage reimbursement, a supplemental insurance policy, and an annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The Clothing Room also welcomes volunteers who are under 55 to help sort donations, hang clothing, and assist the shoppers.

The Clothing Room relies on help from the community and always welcomes donations of gently used items, including clothes for infants, school aged children, and teenagers, as well as shoes, and baby items. We are always in need of new socks and underwear and will gladly accept monetary donations to purchase these items. RSVP Volunteers will do the shopping for you with any money donated for socks and underwear. There is a locked, blue drop box in the church parking lot where donations can be deposited. Donations can also be left at the RSVP office located at 302 S. Union St. near downtown Decatur.

The Clothing Room is currently very busy helping Decatur families prepare for the new school year. We have school appropriate clothing as well as hot weather clothes. We participate in Dove’s Coats for Kids Program and will have clean, gently used coats available for the whole family including adults. Later in the fall we will be accepting donations of gently used winter coats which will be cleaned and distributed at the Clothing Room and other sites in Decatur.

It is operated by volunteers -- the heart of all of Dove's programs.

Susan Sistler
RSVP Program

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