International used clothing ministry operating locally
St. Pauly Textile Inc. maintains two donation sheds in town as part of its effort to distribute garments to more than 44 countries worldwide
Considering Newberg features a thriving Goodwill and numerous used clothing ministries at area churches and schools, its clear there is a steady supply of clothes that people simply arent using.
Thats no surprise to St. Pauly Textile Inc., of Rochester, New York, which estimates that 85 percent of all used clothing in the United States is thrown away.
The company is trying to reduce that figure and help others at the same time by collecting what isnt being used and distribute it to people in need across the globe.
To that end, St. Pauly partners with more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations all over the country, including North Valley Friends and St. Michael/San Miguel Episcopal churches in Newberg, by providing collection donation bins where members of the public can drop off what they no longer use.
In this way, St. Pauly kept 68 million garments out of U.S. landfills and help clothe 8.5 million people in 44 countries worldwide, according to a press release.
St. Pauly has maintained a donation bin, which are affectionally referred to as sheds, at North Valley for a couple of years, but added one at St. Michael/San Miguel in the past year.
We were looking for stuff that doesnt cost a lot of money but puts our face in the community, St. Michael/San Miguel deacon Cindra Gray said. I thought it was a pretty good fit. We have the space and its a ministry for them.
Gray said the shed, located on Everest Street just off of Highway 219, has gotten a lot of use since it was installed. In addition to clothing, St. Pauly also accepts donations of shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, linens, pillow cases, blankets, curtains, fabric scraps over a square yard and stuffed animals.
They come once a week and pick everything up, Gray said. Its full a lot, so its exciting. Theres obviously a need. People can just take stuff to Goodwill, which is nearby, but they still put stuff in our shed, so thats really encouraging to me.
North Valley Friends uses the St. Pauly shed for all of its clothes collections, but takes out what it can use locally through its own Rethreads program, leaving the rest for St. Pauly to collect. Its a nice combination of local and global ministry that works well for the church, according to community life pastor Paul Bock.
There are a lot of clothes that go through this place, Bock said. We have people coming up all the time and dropping off clothes.