Mark Taylor
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The Gardner Community Clothing Closet served local residents in need since 1970.
The organization accepted donations of clothing from the community and then distributed them free of charge.
But that ended late last year when the clothing closet was forced to move out of the Gardner Multi-Service Center due to space limitations.
“Everybody I have talked to is just sick about it, because it (clothing closet) was pretty well-used,” said Evelyn Pickert, who volunteered for the clothing closet for 40 years before stepping down last year. “But I couldn’t find any place in town that was easy to get to. So we completely closed down.”
Now, another resident, Shirley Baker Harley, wants to resurrect the clothing closet.
Harley has been in contact with city officials, business owners and church leaders, searching for a new home for the clothing closet.
But thus far, her search has been unsuccessful.
Harley said she became interested in bringing the clothing closet back after reading an article in the Gardner News last year.
She is seeking like-minded volunteers and a location with space to store the clothing.
“I know it is a quite a job to sort them (donated clothing), but I would be glad to help,” she said. “A lot of people would.”
Persons interested in hosting the clothing closet or volunteering are asked to contact Harley at (913) 568-2335.