Successful clothing giveaway at St. Stephen Church

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Volunteer Anita Phelan of Marlborough folds donated sweaters before the doors open for the   2016 Fall Clothing Giveaway at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. (Photo/submitted)
Volunteer Anita Phelan of Marlborough folds donated sweaters before the doors open for the 2016 Fall Clothing Giveaway at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – More than 100 people came to the Nov. 19 Fall Clothing Giveaway at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marlborough. Committee members believe there could have been as many as 2,000 items of clothing available, in very good condition and ready to wear.

Janice Conlin of Southborough, chair of the event, estimated 120 customers came through the doors and left with one or more bags of free clothing for men, women and children, in addition to purses, jewelry, shoes, boots, scarves and hats that were also offered. Shoppers included people referred by area agencies as well as the general public.

Besides the gently used clothing and accessories donated by St. Stephen members and friends, there were some new items. The church’s knitting group, The Knit Wits, made winter hats. Through a $250 grant from Thrivent, applied for by member Cathy Schoenleber of Hudson, the committee purchased 28 sets of underwear and eight pairs of winter gloves.

In addition to Conlin and Schoenleber, committee members included Anita Phelan and Bev Broz of Marlborough; Marlea Dutt, Yong Hee Spiller, Maggie Leddy and Donna and Scott Lambert of Hudson; Gerda Youkstetter and Tammy Kaye of Shrewsbury; Beth Warner of Stow; and Barbara Parente of Bolton.

For more information about the church, visit www.saintstephenlutheran.com or the church’s Facebook page.