St. Louis County To Honor Clothing, Etc.
As part of St. Louis County’s Sesquicentennial year, the County is presenting a Volunteer Recognition Award Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 9:30 AM at the Floodwood Town Hall in Floodwood as part of its regular County Board meeting.
Seventh District County Commissioner Steve Raukar will recognize Clothing, Etc. “This is a non-profit, grassroots effort that lends a hand to help people meet the most basic of needs,” said Commissioner Raukar. “I applaud their commitment to their community.”
In the fall of 2002, an article placed in the local newspaper sought interest in starting a Thrift Shop in Floodwood. The letter writer, Yvonne David, was familiar with the operation of a volunteer run thrift shop in Cromwell. Six women responded to her inquiry, all recognizing the need for such an outlet where clothing and household items could be bought for a very reasonable price. This group of six gathered for a first and second meeting to hear about and to plan for a volunteer run shop. Monetary donations from community organizations as well as from a few of the original founders, provided the funds to start the non‑profit business.
Originally started in the basement of Hope Lutheran Church, the group looked for a permanent place to receive and distribute goods. They found a place to rent; in a little log cabin by Savannah Portage on Highway 2, Clothing, Etc. had found a place to call home. This place has served their needs well and they continue to "grow" there today, with the little log cabin plump‑full of donated goods. A guest book is provided for the many customers who stop by while traveling through the area. Residents from as far as Brookston and Cloquet are frequent customers.
Giving back to the community is the main goal of Clothing, Etc. Profit made, after expenses, is donated for other community projects. To date, a total of $5,586.00 has been distributed to various worthy causes, such as the clinic, the school, the Fair Building, Little League, Save the Depot fund, Kids Plus, and others. Bonnie Ebnet, of Arrowhead RSVP at AEOA, says of Clothing, Etc., "This group is a shining example of what individuals can accomplish when a community need arises – and when their hearts are big enough to tackle the task. We are proud to be partners with Clothing, Etc., and to support their volunteers."
Clothing, Etc is open Wed. through Sat. Donations of clothing and household items come from everyone in the community. When the volunteers arrive on Wed., there are always two to a dozen big bags waiting to be sorted. The little log cabin is full, and in fact, they are now helping their neighboring community, Meadowlands, start a similar outlet.
Volunteer Coordinator, Oleta Vines credits the success of Clothing, Etc. with the fact that the group respects each other. She said: "I truly think, within my heart, this is the hand of God."
St. Louis County recognizes and applauds the work of Clothing, Etc. and all who volunteer to make the County a great place to live, work and grow.