Immanuel Lutheran helping families before start of school


Cresco - Many families live paycheck-to-paycheck and most of their earnings are spoken for . . . food, shelter, healthcare. So how does a family come up with some extra cash to pay for school supplies and clothes?
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cresco has found a small way to help out parents stressing over the start of the new school year. Members of the Social Concerns Committee, headed by Sue Easler, have been asking for clothing donations for any family with children.
“We put out signs all over town and around the county, we put it on the radio and sent letters to other churches asking for donations, and the response has been unbelievable. This is the seventh annual event, and it is the biggest so far,” Easler exclaimed! The three used-a-bit shops around town also donated to the clothes drive.
Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon (Aug. 3-4) are the clothing giveaway dates. Anyone is welcome to pick up clothes, coats, shoes, boots, school supplies, new underwear and socks and back packs. There is even a full rack of Cadet apparel!
Easler is amazed at the donations that have come in. “We usually have just one room to sort clothes, but this year we’ve needed three. In addition, we usually get 2-3 pair of snowpants. This year we have 17! People have been so generous.” 
In fact, they gave so much, the committee had to say “No more accepted.” That’s never happened before.
Easler is passionate about this project and is happy when someone comes for two hours, looking through all the clothes available. 
It is certainly the Lord’s work. “I was taking a poster around and a lady said, ‘God sent you. This morning I was trying to figure out how I could get clothes for my grandchildren!’”
She’s not the only one. Many of those picking up sometimes never-worn clothing or brand-name articles are very appreciative of the service provided.
Don’t be afraid to take a box of clothes if needed. That’s what they are there for! 
Items that don’t find a home will be given to the Depot in Decorah, to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (another Immanuel mission project) and to an organization in Rochester that clothes young women looking for work.
After having a time of rest after completing their clothing giveaway, the members of the Social Concerns Committee will move onto the next project and look forward to another successful event next year.

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Cresco, IA 52136

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