To assist families and individuals in need during this economic downturn Highland Park Community Association has decided to add a second free Clothing Giveaway event for this year, instead of holding this just once per year. For our event last fall we were able to provide clothes for 155 individuals and families who were shopping for a total of 443 people. We know we are making a difference for people.
So mark it on your calendars, the next Clothing Giveaway event will be on Saturday April 16. As always, this event is held in partnership with several churches in our area. The event will be open to the public from 1 pm to 3:00 pm at our hall, at 37162 St. NW. Come and get some gently used clothing for your children, or yourself.
We also couldn’t put on this event without the help of many volunteers. Last fall we had 46 volunteers to help pull it all together, many of whom worked more than 1 shift. Volunteers are needed both beforehand and on the day to make this event a success. So, if you can volunteer for this event, we can really use your help!
Volunteer shifts and duties on the day are:
9:00 am to 12:30 pm: tasks include:
- setting up tables, racks, and sorting boxes for clothing
- putting up signage
- sorting clothes into categories & sizes
- greeting customers before doors open and asking them to do a short survey
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm: tasks include:
- greeting customers on arrival and asking them to do a short survey
- handing out shopping bags to customers, and helping customers find items
- re-stocking / re-folding clothes on tables
- after doors close to customers, putting away tables, racks, and boxes
- packing up leftover clothes to be donated
- cleaning up leftover food & beverages
Please note, all volunteers will be provided with lunch, snacks, and beverages during their shift, as well as getting a first look at the clothing that has been donated. To volunteer for this event, or to do some of the preparatory tasks in advance (shopping for supplies, creating messaging, contacting service providers such as Thornhill Library or North Central Resource Centre regarding providing information to customers at the event), please contact HPCAVolunteerCoord@gmail.com, or call Anne at 403-276-5048.
To donate clothing for this event, you can make arrangements to drop off items with one of the participating churches up to 1 week in advance: Northminster United Church, Jubilee Christian Centre, Highland Mennonite Brethren Church, or Centre St. Church. You can also drop off items at Highland Park Hall the night before the event (Friday April 15 ONLY, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm) and also on Saturday April 16 from 9 am to 2 pm.