Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Clothing Given out at Annual Function

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Clothing Given out at Annual Function

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CHURCH: Hundreds attend event that had 75 tons of clothes and other material

MANATEE COUNTY

The crowd and set-up at The Source Church on Saturday morning rivaled that of a department store on Black Friday, with one exception: everything inside was free.

For its third annual clothing giveaway, the church prepared to dole out 150,000 pounds of clothing, accessories and blankets. Planning started after services last Sunday when the congregation replaced all the regular seating with long, rectangular fold-out tables that formed aisles through the auditorium.

"Piles of clothes were over our heads as we tried to organize them," said Doreen Arduini, a church staff member. "It takes a team."

More than 100 volunteers ranging in age from middle school students to senior citizens manned every inch of the church Saturday to greet guests, guide them through two separate holding rooms, and help load their cars.

About 800 people in need turned up to fill their closets, despite a lack of advertising. …

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