Summer Clothing Drive set for July 9

LOVES PARK—Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful wants you to strip 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 Summer Clothing Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9, at all seven Hilander Foods locations.

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

Rockford stores—2601 N. Mulford Rd.; 2514 S. Alpine Rd.; 3710 N. Main St. (Alpine & Harrison); 1715 Rural St.; and 3134 S. 11th St.

Cherry Valley—2206 Barnes Blvd.

Roscoe—4860 Hononegah Rd.

The following items are being collected during the Summer Clothing Drive: Any and all clothing, shoes, belts, stuffed animals, purses, bedding, curtains and draperies, towels 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 and the U.S.

“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, last spring’s Clothing Drive brought in more than 85,000 pounds of clothing and soft goods from stateline area residents. Since the clothing drives started in October 2000, area residents have recycled more than 1 million pounds of clothing and soft goods in the May, July and October clothing drives.

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

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful is a non-profit public education organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to provide education, public awareness and service to the community with regard to local preservation of our world’s resources and solid waste management. More info: (815) 637-1343

From the July 6-12, 2005, issue

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