polo sleepwear men Open Pantry Community Services’ People’s Center thrift store in Springfield helps provide clothing
The People Center, located at 287 State St., has been operated by Open Pantry for almost five years. It was previously run in collaboration with the Pioneer Valley chapter of the American Red Cross.
Financial constraints recently prompted Open Pantry to seek small donations for items purchased at the People Center.
to funding cuts, we now charge $2 a bag, she said. can come in and receive a grocery sized bag and fill it up for $2. If they homeless and don have income, we waive the fee. People Center currently has no outside funding, and relies solely on donations to help pay for its operations and one part time employee. The center also is staffed by several volunteers, who spend time sorting, folding and organizing clothing, along with greeting and assisting customers.
$2 helps us to sustain the program, she said. for this type of program is very limited, but it important because it fits with our mission of providing basic needs food, clothing and shelter. People Center has a partnership with Red Wing Shoes on Boston Road.
pick up used shoes from them, Maynard said. there are work boots in there. It wonderful because we able to provide people with the items they need for work. People Center has many faithful donors who drop off items regularly. They also have small household items and baby care items,
such as high chairs and exersaucers.
accept those items and give them out as needed, Maynard said.
While all types of clothing are welcome, men clothing in particular is always in high demand. Baby clothes are also needed.
appreciate if donations are seasonally appropriate, because our space is limited for storage, but we will accept anything at any time, Maynard said.
The center also accepts school uniforms, which are given out for free to needy families. In fall and winter, hats, gloves and coats are appreciated.
go quickly, Maynard said. even accept blankets and sleeping bags, which we give out to people who are homeless as well.
The center often serves people recently out of incarceration, who are without clothes for work or to go on a job interview. The center work boots, khakis and polo shirts come in handy for them.
The population served by the People Center is generally at or below the poverty line.
unduplicated count (of people served) is around 2,000 a year,
Maynard said. people come back multiple times throughout the year.