February 9, 2011

New Name: Threads, Hope & Love

By Eric Shangraw

February 9, 2011 Updated Feb 9, 2011 at 10:26 PM CDT

A Washington not-for-profit organization is using a new name.
The Board of Directors for "Threads of Love" changed their name to "Threads, Hope and Love" Tuesday night after a Louisiana-based foundation with the same name threatened legal action.

Eric Shangraw has more on the groups mission, no matter what its called.

Once or twice a week a crew of volunteers show up at the "Threads, Hope & Love" warehouse in Washington to sort clothes. Bags of clothes. New jeans. Maternity wear. Kids stuff. It's all donated by members of nine different Tazewell County churches that are in a covenant to provide free clothes to the needy. To qualify for the clothing giveaway, all you have to do is ask.

"Some people come in and they've got three or four kids and they can have whatever they want. We just ask people not to take any more than they can use for their family," said Threads, Hope & Love President Cindy Shuford.

At a giveaway just before Christmas, Threads helped out more than 1200 area residents. Volunteers who run the store say the poor economy is creating a bigger demand.

"They share their stories and it is like every time we have one there is always that one special story that made the whole thing worth it," said Threads Vice President Nancy Green.

One area family recently showed up and shopped for dark clothes they could wear to their grandfathers funeral.

This is Shelli Willoughby's first day to help sort merchandise. The married mother of three with a part-time job at Ameren Illinois simply wants to return her blessings.

"I've been wanting to come out here for a while. I just think this is a fantastic opportunity to reach out and help and support the community," said Willoughby.

The next clothing giveaway is February 26 from 9am until noon at 213 Muller Road in Washington.

Threads survives through monetary donations. But a more immediate need is Fluorescent lights for the warehouse. Call Cindy Shuford for questions on any tax-deductible donations.

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