Caring Clothing Co-op hosting open house

In 2014, Crystal Lewis and her husband Michael found out from their children that some of their classmates were coming to school without boots, hats or gloves.

After some research, they discovered that children in other schools were in need as well. To help out, they began sending the clothes their children had outgrown.

Soon, Crystal was collecting clothes from family and friends, which eventually led to more donations from the community.

With so many clothes, the Lewis family held a giveaway before school started in 2015. People were able to come and pick out whatever they needed for free without any judgment. Some patrons even brought clothes to exchange.

Since then, several more giveaways have been held, filling up places like the New Carlisle Fire Station and Monroe’s Crossing with not only clothes, but also toys, school supplies, blankets, baby items, and more.

Crystal’s efforts have led to the establishment of a non-profit organization, called the Caring Clothing Co-Op which now runs a free clothing shop. In addition to clothing giveaways, the Co-Op has also funded a lunch program for the New Prairie United School Corporation.

Caring Clothing Co-Op accepts donations for clothing of all sizes, bedding, towels, and baby items such as strollers. They also take items like totes, clothing racks, and hangers. Monetary donations can be made at 1st Source Bank.

Operating out of the old Zahl’s Elevator office since last April, the storefront will be temporarily moving to the AmeriClean building at 726 E Michigan Street for the winter, where they will be holding an open house on January 13.

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