First Baptist Church in Augusta will hold a clothing drive from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. All items are free of charge.
AUGUSTA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Shoes, shirts, shorts - bags, belts and pajamas. Those are some of the types of clothing that were sorted on Friday at First Baptist Church in Augusta, ahead of a clothing drive to help those in need.
Cathy Sievert started the drive 11 years ago when her children outgrew their shirts and shorts. She wanted to give back but wanted her kids’ clothes to help another family near Augusta.
"So I asked the deacons if we could start a clothing drive and it's blossomed since then," she said.
Every year the church begins taking donations in July. By the third week of August, volunteers have their hands full, sorting everything that's come from everywhere.
"It's not a one church type thing, it's a community project," said Don Deshong who was volunteering.
The first year of the drive was its biggest by the numbers.
"I've been very surprised with the number of people we've served here, yes," Deshong said.
550 people stopped by to pick up clothes that first year. Since then, somewhere between 200-500 people typically stop by every year. But with the economy still hurting, Sievert says the trend has been for that number to keep rising.
"We just have so many families that are either on assistance or need it and don't want to voice themselves out," Sievert said.
But she says they welcome anyone with any income, so long as you can use the clothes for yourself those close to you.
On Friday, Sievert found a pair of her daughters' shirts she donated five years ago. They turned up again.
"And this year they returned in perfect condition," she said. "So someone got use out of them many years and they returned to us for someone else to enjoy."
A gift for many that keeps on giving.
The clothing drive will be held on Saturday, August 17th in Augusta at First Baptist Church. The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m.
You can find the church at 218 West Lincoln St.