Clothing swap to benefit local and reservation families

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— A children's clothing swap scheduled for next week is intended to not only help local parents' pocketbooks, but also provide children in many states with clothes they wouldn't otherwise have.
The Children's Clothing Shop 'n' Save will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Families will be able to swap clothes, item for item, at no cost.
Any leftover clothes will then be donated to the Christian Discipleship Center and given to children living on Navajo Indian reservations. Any monetary donations will be used for shipping and advertising.
The idea for the swap came from Lisa Ricks and her co-workers at Steamboat Springs Middle School, who are always left with boxes of unclaimed clothes at the end of the year. The garments are given to a local charity, and this year, when they donated the clothes to the Christian Discipleship Center, they realized what a big need the children living on the reservations had.
"We donated about 14 boxes of really nice clothes and within a week the clothes were gone," Ricks said. "It made sense to have a swap; kids grow out of clothes so fast, and this way they can help someone out in the process."
Ricks picked the Discipleship, based in Cortez, because of its direct contact with the people.
"There is no government red tape; they deal directly on an even level with the people" Ricks said.
The Discipleship distributes the donations to reservations in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Canada.
"I am just appalled at how horribly these people live," Ricks said. "I just hope that people realize how lucky we are living in this community."

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