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Rotary has clothing drive this Saturday
October 11, 2013

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Rotary Club is again collecting used winter clothing for those in need.

The annual drive will be this Saturday, Oct. 12, when club members ask that you put your gently used clothes by the curb by no later than 8:30 a.m.

Club members will pass each home in both the cities of Mount Vernon and Lisbon once on Saturday morning to collect items left curbside.

Rotary Club member Dick Moore, organizer of the event, notes that in the last couple of years the drive has resulted in about 7,000 pounds of donated clothing.

The goal is to keep most clothing for local use, with it being given to the clothing closet at Southeast Linn Community Center.

Because storage space at Southeast Linn is limited, Rotary has again arranged with the City of Mount Vernon for temporary storage of additional clothing items at the former uptown fire station. As space opens up at Southeast Linn, the stored items will be sent over for distribution.

Moore said any clothing not needed by Southeast Linn will be donated to agencies in Cedar Rapids. There's also discussion about getting some items to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which has been a recipient in the past.

This is the fourth year for Rotary's clothing drive. Its roots go back to a similar drive organized by club member Gene Freiburger, Moore said, noting that the drive fits in with Rotary's motto: "Service above self."

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