Donations low at Five Loaves Clothing CenterUnlike a food shelf which receives donations from the community and large food banks, most discounted or free clothing centers rely solely on the community to keep the clothing racks full.
By: By Jordan Langer, New Richmond News
Unlike a food shelf which receives donations from the community and large food banks, most discounted or free clothing centers rely solely on the community to keep the clothing racks full.
Currently, Five Loaves Clothing Center, located in the Community Commons at 421 S. Green Ave., is witnessing what happens when “people don’t clean out their closets and homes” and is in need of donations, said Clothing Coordinator Jackie Berg.
The need for donations stem from seeing an increase in shoppers since moving to the new location and people not donating enough the keep up with the demand, said Berg.
“The racks are not as full as normal. We need a steady flow of donations in order to accommodate the demand and insure that we have sizes and clothing for all ages,” she said.
Although donations of any kind are always eagerly accepted, Five Loaves is especially in need of girls’ clothing, sizes 5-14.
“We maybe have six to 10 items on the girls rack,” she said.
Other items that are low include men’s clothing, most specifically denim jeans.
Donations can be dropped off at Five Loaves during business hours, which are Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All clothing should be clean and in good repair because Five Loaves doesn’t have the facilities to wash soiled clothing, she said. Berg also stressed that Five Loaves is open to the public and there are no qualifications to shop. Prospective shoppers pay a $1 donation and receive a 13-gallon plastic bag that they can fill with clothing, household items and other goods.