ALBRIGHTSVILLE, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A shopping trip where you can leave your wallet at home! It only happens once a year in this small town, but it brings in people from all over NEPA.
Volunteer Shirley Leinthall tells me why she spends hours, days, weeks preparing for this annual clothing drive. She’s one of many volunteers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church who help make the week go smoothly.
And now — their hard work pays off — as families with young children, and elderly people come in to “shop”.
“It’s very rewarding,” said Leinthall.
She tells me they’re prepared for about 100 people to browse the offerings. Many of them who live locally ride their bikes, or walk. But she’s also seen people make the drive from the Poconos and Schuylkill County.
“They can take as much as they want,” said Leinthall.
On tables, racks, and in boxes, you’ll find shoes, clothes, coats and accessories.
“It’s a really big help. It helps out especially when you have kids and they grow out of stuff,” said someone shopping.
This shopper tells me she comes back year after year.
“It’s generous that they offer this,” she said.
All of these clothes were donated by members of this community, in just a short time. Donations started coming in at the end of June.
Many people, like this shopper, tell me when their kids’ grow out of their clothes, they’ll donate them here, so someone else can get them for free.
“They’re usually grown out of before they’re worn out,” she said.
If you plan on stopping by, it’s recommended to bring something to carry your “new” clothes in.
“We always have bags for them and I always make sure they’re full when they go out,” said Leinthall.
The last day of the clothing drive in albrightsville is tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After that, whatever clothes are left will be donated to a church in Tamaqua for another clothing drive.