Feeding Fairport's Hungry-Clothing Drive in Newshearld 4/6/19
Andrew Cass - The News-Herald
Even after the noon rush that saw about 70 people come through the McKinley Elementary School gym April 6, there was still plenty of clothing and other items available for those in need.
It’s a testament to the close-knit, caring community of Fairport Harbor, Amy Neff said.
Neff, who collected many of the donations herself, said she didn’t have any trouble finding people to donate. It was harder getting them to stop, she joked.
With people doing some spring cleaning, Neff thought it was a good time to hold a clothing distribution and put items no longer needed in their current home to good use.
All sorts of clothing were available at the four-hour event at the elementary school, from baby clothes to professional attire for adults. Additionally toys, handbags, jewelry and other items were available for those in need free of charge.
It was the first clothing drive held by Feeding Fairport’s Hungry, a group that Neff started. It began near the beginning of the school year, in early September when hot weather canceled school. For some children, school lunch is their only meal of the day. She and others in the community wanted to ensure those students got the meals they needed.
In just two days after forming, the group dropped off its first-rounds of snacks for McKinley Elementary students and raised more than $100 for past-due lunch accounts for students across the district.
A food drive was held to help 11 Fairport Harbor families provide Thanksgiving meals.
At the clothing distribution, the group also collected non-perishable food items for local food banks and student snacks as well as collected money for the lunch accounts. Neff said they’ve collected about $900 for the lunch accounts since the formation of the group.
“Your generosity has been amazing,” she wrote in the March 25 post thanking those who have contributed. “Whatever items aren’t taken at the clothing drive will stay in Lake County and be distributed to those in need.”
Though no formalized plans have been set, Neff said she would like to hold more clothing distributions in the future.
“It’s so nice she does this,” one attendee of the distribution said. “It’s like Christmas.