By Ralph Winfrey
This clothing bank helps thousands.
Every Monday and Wednesday from 11-3p.m. students from the Leadership 110 course will be outside The Bonnie accepting clothes and monetary donations for the Radford Clothing Bank until Friday, October 21.
The students at theses booths happily donate their time to help the greater good and complete their community service projects. They are knowledgeable and seem to be driven by much more than a grade.
“It’s really heartwarming because it’s a selfless act. We do not solely collect here as we also go to the bank and actually volunteer as well,” senior Kristen Kick stated.
To help this cause members of the student body and community are encouraged to donate gently used clothes, ranging from casual wear to formal attire. Radford University has been a substantial and generous source of clothing over the years.
With the growing support from the community, this organization has grown tremendously since their start in 1982. They started by serving just over 56 people annually, which steadily increased to over 3000 people in the recent years.
They also participate in two satellite projects including the August Kids and Coats for Kids. August Kids is a program that gives eligible children in kindergarten through 12th grade vouchers to purchase new clothing for the beginning of the school year. This is essential to helping kids maintain a sense of well-being and confidence.
Simultaneous with school starting is also colder weather. Their program Coats for Kids provides top quality coats for the New River Valley school children. Coats are collected year round and cleaned by Cook’s Clean Center in July and then distributed in the fall.
They also have a section named the Stork Exchange which specifically offers maternity clothing, baby clothing and baby equipment for registered customers who are pregnant or have babies.
Their mission statement is “to provide good free clothing to people in need.” This attitude is truly expressed through the aroma of the store and quality of the items in it.
Their inventory is not limited to children as they also offer clothing for teens and adults.
They also welcome volunteers to help in the store. They are located at 200 West Street in Radford. They operate Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10a.m. until noon, with extended hours on Thursday from 4p.m. until 6p.m. They can also be reached via phone by dialing (540)-633-5050.