PLATTSBURGH — Ron and Denise Rodriguez pass it forward one stitch at a time with their free-clothing initiative, “Threads of Faith.”
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, they open the space over the maintenance room at 57 McGaulley Ave. donated by the Plattsburgh Housing Authority to anyone needing clothing and essential housewares.
“We take donations,” Denise said. “It started with my adult children. They gave me a lot of stuff from their children. It was really nice stuff. We were working at the Food Shelf in Mooers, and Pastor John Gillette Jr. let me have a table. I had other people give me a lot of winter coats, and I ended up giving all of that away.”
Threads of Faith’s mission is to provide clothing and household essentials to anyone in need.
“Anything we get, we clean it up and give it away,” Denise said. “We’re in Plattsburgh. I add to it as I go. We’re looking for a room in the Mooers and Mooers Forks area. I have so much stuff in my garage that I would like to give out to people.”
The initiative receives regular donations from Rescued Treasures and DressCode.
“We sell nothing. It’s free for anyone. Whoever comes in, takes what they want,” Denise said.
Ron and Denise met while living in the Plattsburgh Housing Authority.
“That’s why I wanted to do it up there,” she said. “I think there’s a need.”
They married 42 years ago, had two children and eventually separated.
“He went his way, and I went mine,” Denise said. “Two years ago, we got back together, which I think is a miracle in itself.
“We separated for 40 years. He had another family, and I had another family. His wife passed away. He ended up coming up here, and we ended up coming back together. God has just been working so much in my life.”
She desperately needed hanging racks and was able to locate some at another store.
“God knows what I need, and he does provide. I’m just waiting for him to provide me with a room in Mooers. We’re always taking whatever donations we get. We take them on a regular basis. We’re getting ready to do summer stuff. My sister Cheryl helps me quite a bit.”
Last year, 40 blankets were donated to Threads of Faith.
“I brought them home and washed them,” Denise said. “Those took off like crazy. People in the North Country, they’re cold. They really like to have blankets for winter.
“God has been good to us, and we’re passing it forward. I wish there was something like this when we were growing up.”
Email Robin Caudell:
IF YOU GO WHAT: Threads of Faith, free clothing and essential housewares. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. WHERE: Plattsburgh Housing Authority, 57 McGaulley Ave. (second floor over maintenance room), Plattsburgh.