The clothing exchange put on by EPHS senior Ellen Radcliffe was a success and beneficial in more ways than even Ellen imagined.
The exchange was held Nov. 19-20. It was the third year for the project. And since Ellen is a senior she spent part of the time training a student who will take over the project next year. There will be a spring clothing exchange, probably just before Memorial Day. The trainee will be in charge with Ellen assisting.
In addition to a continuing stream of people utilizing the exchange, a number of community members simply donated clothing, not expecting to take something in exchange. As a result there was a lot of clothing left at the end of the planned event.
Just as Ellen was closing down the event, a friend contacted her to say a family had just lost their home in a fire. All the people had left were the clothes on their back. Ellen was able to fill a car with clothing for the three children as well as the parents.
Besides that donation, there was enough clothing to fill a van and a car and all of that was taken to the Gospel Mission in Medford.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent