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Community opens up for clothing exchange
Times photo: Brian Gray Rita Farris, Monroe, organizes some of the clothes Saturday at the clothing swap at St. Victor School. There were free clothes available for everyone from infants to adults. People from across Green County donated the new and slightly used clothes.
MONROE - People across Green County opened their wallets, their closets, and their hearts to provide items for the clothing swap Saturday at St. Victor School gymnasium.

"People were very generous. We couldn't be happier," said Susan Hicks, Monroe, who helped organize the event. "We had some new clothes with the tags still on them."

People from across Green County brought clothes to the gym last weekend. Church and community groups also pitched in to help gather donations. Volunteers spent four days sorting and organizing the clothes. One volunteer even took home a bag of clothes and washed them herself, Hicks said.

"People were willing to do anything they could to make this a success," she said.

There were plenty of clothes for everyone in all sizes and for all seasons.

The tables in the gym were piled high with clothes when the swap began at 8 a.m., and people lined up outside the school to be there when the doors opened.

"We probably had 30 adults in line with their children when we opened the doors," Hicks said.

Families from every community in Green County came to pick up clothes, she said.

"With the economy the way it is, it's difficult for families," Hicks said. "A lot of them have only one income and some have less than that. They were really thankful."

Mylani Peach, who was shopping for herself, said she was able to find some nice clothes and able to save money.

One family that had recently moved to Green County from a southern state, stopped in to get some winter clothes and coats.

Everything at the clothing swap was free.

"It can cost a lot to buy clothes for kids," Hicks said.

In addition to the clothes, school supplies were also available.

Rita Farris, who volunteered at the event, said people brought in such things as calculators and notebooks.

"It was really neat to see people find things they could use at school," she said. "Kids want nice things to wear to school and they want to have the supplies they need to begin the school year."