Last clothing drive of the year Oct. 14

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-115885838515362.jpg’, ‘Photo provided’, ‘Bag up your used clothing, shoes and other household soft good for the Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful Fall Clothing Drive and drop them off Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at area Hilander Food Stores. Volunteers pictured are (from left) Carol Grimm, Jean Lamb and Lynette Wilson’);

Fall is the best time to clean your closets, dressers, basements and attics of your old clothes, shoes, handbags, linens, curtains, stuffed toys and other soft goods and bring them to the annual Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful Fall Clothing Drive Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at all seven Hilander Foods locations.

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful will accept clothes at all Hilander Foods stores:

Rockford Hilanders

2601 N. Mulford Rd.

2514 S. Alpine Rd.

3710 N. Main St.

1715 Rural Rd.

3134 S. 11th Street.

Cherry Valley Hilander

2206 Barnes Blvd.

Roscoe Hilander

4860 Hononegah Rd.

The following items are being collected during the Fall Clothing Drive: Any and all clothing (mens, womens and childrens), shoes, belts, stuffed animals, purses, bedding, curtains and draperies, towels, backpacks, linens and other soft goods. All items are to be brought in plastic bags, with no hangers. Shoes brought are to be tied together. All items should be in good, reusable condition. The clothing will be distributed to needy people worldwide, primarily in Third World nations, South American countries and the United States.

“This is a great opportunity to provide people in need with clothing that is merely taking up space in your closets and basements,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful.

According to Gummow—whose environmental advocacy over the last 18 years has earned her the unofficial title of “Green Queen”—fall is the busiest time for clothing donations since area children have returned to school. Outgrown and outdated clothing can be redistributed to needy children attempting to gain education in their poverty stricken communities. Since the clothing drives started in October 2000, more than 1.3 million pounds of clothing and soft goods have been collected in the May, July and October collections.

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful is in need of additional community volunteers to assist them in the clothing recycling drive. Those interested in volunteering can call (815) 637-1343, or e-mail

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful is a volunteer-driven, non-profit public education organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to improve the environment through education, public awareness and community involvement.

Thanks to the efforts of its more than 200 members and volunteers, in the past year, Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful has:

Recycled 240 tons of metals, saving them from landfills;

Collected 250,000 pounds of clothing for reuse in developing countries as well as here in America;

Accepted 72 tons of recyclable material at its non-profit Recycling Center in Roscoe;

Donated hundreds of coats to needy children;

Collected, melted, molded and reused more than 15,000 crayons; and

Taught thousands of public and private school children about the importance of environmental stewardship through its environmental education program.

To join or learn more about Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful, call (815) 637-1343, or email

From the Sept. 20-26, 2006, issue

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