The County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank had its latest opening today and oh my goodness we were busy! Our volunteers estimate that we gave out around one hundred bags of clothing- based on the number of rolls of bags we used. As always the kindness of those who donate items and/or time is appreciated and our heartfelt thanks go out to you all.
It was however a day of mixed emotions for the volunteers. First the happy things. Our prom dresses, suits and assorted prom accessories made their first appearance at the Clothing Bank today. We have received seventy dresses and have truly been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who gave them. We are loaning them out at no charge. If you would like to borrow one, all you need to bring is proof of ID. The red one below was our first to be loaned out. Also below you can see a selection of the dresses, shoes and bags that we have been given. Amazing!
And now for the sad news. We heard today that one of our homeless friends, who had been visiting us from the very beginning had passed away. He was twenty two and died of pneumonia. A sad indictment of the world we live in and something that should not be happening in this day and age. If that was not heart-breaking enough, his friends, who he came with, very politely asked us if “we could sort them out with something for the funeral” Of course we could and we did. Sometimes there are no words to describe how we felt. This is one of those times.
The next Clothing Bank will take place on 19th May from 12-2pm. We still do not need any clothing donations except for men’s jeans, We do however need toiletries especially mens deodorants, shower gels, Razors and shaving creams. Also nappies, baby milk and baby food, feminine hygeine products, hairspray, shampoo, deodorants, combs, brushes, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Also sleeping bags and bedding please,we give these to the homeless that come in for help. Many thanks in advance.