Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful volunteers will collect donations of clothing at all Rockford area Schnucks Markets, including Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Rockford and Roscoe, as well as in Boone County at the Belvidere Township Office, 8200 Fairgrounds Road, Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“No need to add clean clothing that’s no longer needed to the landfill, when it can be re-used or repurposed,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. “Not only is there a need for clothes throughout the world, but what can no longer be worn can be used to make fiberfill for items like the lining in the trunk of your car,” she said. All items should be dry, and in plastic bags with hangers removed. No boxes.
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is recruiting volunteers for a three-hour shift, either 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to staff each donation site. The agency will accept such items as men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and shoes, hats, belts, purses, soft-sided luggage, throw rugs, curtains, stuffed toys, sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. Bag handlers lift items from donor cars; greeters will provide a calendar of other recycling events and offer an opportunity to receive updates about future activities. About 100 volunteers are required to staff all nine sites.
Event support is provided by Schnucks; Mid-West Family Broadcasting; The Rock River Times; 23WIFR Gray Television, Inc.; Belvidere Township; and other local businesses providing trucks and supplies. This event is the environmental non-profit’s first of three clothing drives this year; the summer event is scheduled for July 9, the fall one will be held October 8. Clothing is also accepted at the two Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Center locations open each week at 13125 North 2nd Street, Roscoe, or 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford.
Locations of Clothing Drive drop-off sites
Belvidere: Belvidere Township Office, 8200 Fairgrounds Road
Cherry Valley: Schnucks, 2206 Barnes Boulevard
Loves Park: Schnucks, 1810 Harlem Road
Roscoe: Schnucks, 4860 Hononegah Road
Rockford: Schnucks: 3134 11th Street; 2642 Charles Street; 6410 East State Street; 2601 North Mulford Road; 3150 North Rockton Avenue
–Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful