Group is now looking for donations
WELLINGTON — Audrey Gee-Arsenault hopes people will open their closet and purge what they don’t need to help others less fortunate.
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Clara and Renee Arsenault go through their closet, looking for items to donate to the Open Closet iniatitive. Items can be dropped off this Friday at a location at McNeill Mall in Summerside between 2 and 8 p.m. and the two following Fridays. The closet will be open to those in need on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Gee-Arsenault is one of several volunteers involved in Open Closet, a community-based project aimed at providing gently used clothing to families in need.
The group, comprised of mostly members of Summerside Community Church, is collecting donations of fall and winter clothing, accessories and footwear that will be used to set up a store of sorts where those in need can ‘shop’ for free.
The initiative falls on the heels of Operation Backpack, which involved many of the same volunteers and provided backpacks filled with school supplies to area families.
“We’re just realizing, especially with the economy, there are so many people tightening their budget and, like a lot of people, we have more than we need in our closets that we’re not wearing or that we can share,” said Gee-Arsenault. “With this initiative, we are collecting donations for fall and winter apparel — clothing, accessories, hats, mitts and coats — anything that can help a family that has a hard time getting those things.”
Drop offs will be at the McNeill Mall, Summerside, this Friday, and the following two Fridays from 2 to 8 p.m. The Open Closet shopping day is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.