Clothes Swap to provide a helping hand

By Josette Keelor

The Clothes Share at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg will give hand-me-downs to the community.

It’s about sharing, said Herb Wilburn, school librarian, who started the program about 10 years ago at Ashby Lee Elementary School in Quicksburg.

Clothing will be accepted at the school through Tuesday, when volunteers will sort donations into sections.

Then from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4, during the school’s parent/teacher conferences while students have the day off, clothing will be available for anyone who can use it for their own children.

“This is not about charity, it’s about sharing,” Wilburn said. “It’s not for low income people, it’s for everybody.”

Clothing for infants through early teens will be accepted at the school office if it’s clean and in good repair, and clothes left over after Nov. 4 will go to charity.

The youngest of three children, Wilburn said his idea was based on the practice of hand-me-down clothing passed down from one sibling to another. It started as a way of helping parents when their children outgrow all their clothes.

“‘Cause that’s what kids do at this age,” he said. “We’re just sharing, which is what families did for years.”

“We think it’s a great lesson to teach kids. You don’t have to have something that’s brand new,” he said. “You can share with your neighbors and community, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s a win for everybody.”

Contact the school at 162 Stickley Loop, Strasburg, or by calling 540-465-8281.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or>

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