Clothing give-away for young adults

ROBIN CAUDELL/STAFF PHOTOTeam Cadyville Clothing Closet model some of the free apparel that will be offered Friday and Saturday at the Cadyville Church from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pictured (from left) are Tiah LaValley, Kaylee Wrighte, Michele Wright, MaryLou Morgan and Valarie Drown, organizer.

CADYVILLE — Tweens and teens that scored their back-to-school last year at the Cadyville Clothing Closet can go back for another free fashion give-away.

The closet will be open today and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cadyville Church located at 2083 Route 3.

“This is year two,” Valarie Drown, organizer, said.

“Last year, we were able to serve about 150 people. Everyone kept coming in and as they were leaving with bags they said, ‘don’t you want anything for it?’ I said, ‘No. We’re all good. This is all free.”

NEW DRESS CLOTHES

The room’s basement was abuzz with students trying clothes on.

“You could hear the excitement,” she said.

“One student wanted to leave the clothes on because he had never had a dress outfit before. He was so excited, and he walked out with the dress clothes on.”

The feedback she received was that everyone was so nice.

“I said, ‘Of course, we are nice,” Drown said.

“This is what we do. This is what we want to do. So, there was no question that we were going to do this again.”

This year, Plattsburgh State actually got involved. They had their Rummage Sale, and everything that was left they delivered to us. Our room was full. I was blown away.”

University Police Officer Erich Pflanz is a church member.

“Erich was instrumental in getting all of this stuff organized and to us,” Drown said.

“He kind of coordinated it. All of sudden, I had a room full of stuff.”

FEEL-GOOD MISSION

The Dress Code in Plattsburgh also donated again this year.

“We had our leftover clothes, and all throughout this year we have served people who had had fires and needed clothing,” Drown said.

“Or was just down on their luck and needed a job and didn’t have any dress clothing. So all throughout the year, we’ve been working at letting people come in and taking what they would like.”

This year, the offerings are bigger because of the cache from the college.

“I was overwhelmed,” she said.

“It took us probably a month to get through everything and to organize it and size it. We would wash things if they looked like they had little stains and tried to get them out. So, it’s been nonstop but it’s for a good cause and we had that real good feel-good feeling last year.”

ALL SIZE FREE ALL

Sizes are for young adults and teens, women’s extra small, small, medium and large.

“We have boys and men’s,” Drown said.

“Last year, we had people come who had smaller children, grade-school children, so when I would get donations of grade-school clothing I’ve kept them. If there are younger people we will do whatever we can to try to serve.”

If anyone has any questions, they should stop it and see what is what.

“Because we have just about everything,” she said.

“We have sheets. We have bedding. We have shoes, belts, jewelry, purses. Everything is free.”

LEARNING TOOLS

School supplies — paper, pencils, markers, notebooks and folders will also be available.

“If kids need a backpack, we’re going to hopefully have enough or some backpacks that we can hand out,” Drown said.

“We kind of try to draw from the different school systems and look at the lists and see what your average is that people are asking for. School supplies, clothes, all this is free.”

Last year, a lot of adults showed up to check things out.

“Someone said, ‘Isn’t this for teens?’” Drown said.

“It’s for anybody. It’s totally for anybody that needs something. You need something, we’re here.

“We have volunteers helping throughout. It’s mostly my family because I have roped them all in, and we all just have a heart for helping out. They’ve been working tirelessly.”

She has lost count of the loads of laundry done.

“We spread the laundry out,” Drown said.

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