LEETONIA- Leetonia area churches are collecting clothing for a community-wide distribution later this month.
The Leetonia Community Public Library will host the Community Clothing Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28. The one-day event will feature free clean, usable clothing for men, women and children and is open to anybody in any community.
Donations will be collected and sorted before Sept. 26 at six area churches in Leetonia and Washingtonville including St. Paul's Lutheran, St. Patrick's Catholic, Leetonia First United Methodist, Robbins United Methodist, St. Jacob's United Church of Christ and Leetonia Mennonite. There will be no drop-offs accepted at the library.
The Leetonia Community Public Library will host the free Community Clothing Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 in the community room. Donations of clean, usable clothing will be accepted at area churches through Sept. 26. From left, Pastor Kari Lankford of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh and Pastor Ashley McMillin of the Leetonia First United Methodist Church. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)
According to Library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh, the idea for the give-away originated during a world book night at a local food pantry in which the library was giving books away.
"We were seeing the people who come in there, I'm sure a lot of (other) people have clothes they don't need anymore that are still wearable," she said. "No one else really had the space, but the library does."
In addition to offering clothing to those in the community, the event also provides a way for area churches to minister together, according to Ashley McMillin, pastor at the Leetonia First United Methodist Church.
"It's a good way for churches to be working together in the community," she said. "It's important that we're able to serve the residents as one."
Visitors should bring their own bags. Any remaining clothing will be donated to area organizations.
For information contact the library at 330-427-6635.
Donation locations and hours for drop-off:
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 29 Spruce St., Leetonia, from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays or call Pastor Kari Lankford at 330-427-6585
St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 167 Main St., Leetonia, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or call Sister Joan Franklin, O.P., at 330-427-6577
Leetonia First United Methodist Church, 50 Lisbon St., Leetonia, 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays or call Pastor Ashley McMillin at 330-853-0845
Robbins United Methodist Church, 100 High St., Washingtonville, 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays or call Pastor Ashley McMillin at 330-853-0845
St. Jacobs United Church of Christ, 5219 St. Jacob-Logtown Road, Leetonia, call Pastor Jenna Brown at 330-257-2826
Leetonia Mennonite Church, 764 Columbia St., call Pastor Phil Slabaugh at 330-427-6827