First Baptist Church of Westwood announces clothing collection Jan 23, 2018 at 3:51 PM Jan 23, 2018 at 3:51 PM WESTWOOD — The First Baptist Church of Westwood, 808 High St., announced that it has recently teamed up with St. Pauly Textile to collect used clothing. This company works with nonprofit organizations to set up used clothing drop-off sheds designed to give community members a clean, attractive and well-monitored place to donate gently used textile items that are then distributed to people in need, both in the U.S. and worldwide. FBC’s shed is accessible at the far end of the parking lot in front of the church. FBC receives funding for clothing collected, and additionally has the option to use any of this clothing to serve local community needs. Accepted items include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, linens, pillowcases and stuffed animals. Donors are asked to place items in a plastic bag to protect against dirt and the elements. There is a small box on the shed that contains receipts for tax purposes. Digital access or digital and print delivery.
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