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PLAINS TWP. – The Plains United Methodist Church opened its doors this weekend to welcome those who have a need for gently used clothing. The third annual effort is an attempt to get good quality clothes into the hands of those in need.

The church recognizes the increased economic need in the community and sponsors this and other fundraisers throughout the year to assist its members and residents of the community.

"This really helps my kids," said one recipient. "It just shows that people want to help."

And want to help they do. Members of the church voice their delight in serving others. Quality clothing filling numerous tables have been folded and prepared by approximately 11 members of the church who have volunteered for this specific event.

Jane O'Connell, volunteer and church member, noted the good spirit of both the people receiving the used clothing and those giving.

"Those donating often say that they feel truly blessed," said O'Connell.

Joyce Scalfer, Plains Township, lauds the church in not only opening its door for the clothing giveaway, but also for the generous spirit that guides its leadership throughout the year.

Scalfer said the Rev. Paul Amara, pastor of the church, truly cares about members and gives special time to the children. She said "including children is one of the most important thing a church does."

The event will continue today from noon to 5 p.m.The church will also sponsor a "Trunk or Treat" activity on Oct. 30 in which neighborhood children can safely "trick or treat," under the watchful eyes of church volunteers.

For information about this and other church activities, the public can call 822-2730.

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