By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The 50th and 21st Space Wings are still in need of more used clothes for the Children’s Clothing Swap slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the R.P. Lee Youth Center at Peterson Air Force Base.
“We are asking people to donate gently used children’s clothes in designated boxes around Schriever and Peterson,” said 1st Lt. Madeleine Pedretti, 50th Force Support Squadron. “The donation period is from March 4 to April 10. Volunteers will collect those clothes then sort and fold them.”
Specifically, the coordinators from both wings are asking for clothing for newborn to 18 year olds, school and activity uniforms, shoes, sports equipment and toys as well as maternity clothes for expecting moms.
At Schriever, drop-off boxes are available at the Tierra Vista Community Center, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Satellite Dish dining facility, Child Development Center and the main fitness center. At Peterson, boxes are located at the 21st Mission Support Group Building 350, Airman and Family Readiness Center, chapel, Child Development Center and Tierra Vista Community Center.
“Kids grow out of their clothes quickly and keeping up with them can get pricey,” Pederetti said. “The clothing swap allows families to save a little bit of money and pick up free clothes. It’s a great opportunity to help out families you work with every day.”
Volunteers are also needed the day prior to the clothing swap to fold clothes because it will take most of the time.
Pedretti said this event will benefit Team Schriever and its family members.
“It allows Schriever families to help out other families at no cost,” Pedretti said. “While people are spring cleaning, they can get rid of children’s clothes that no longer fit, while helping other families get clothes they may need.”
The clothing swap needs as many donations as possible. Last year, more than 250 families took advantage of the benefits from this annual event.
“It’s a little bit different from the swap-meet concept,” said Antoinette Ross, one of the 50 SW coordinators. “During swap meets, you bring your clothes and you exchange your items. For the Children’s Clothing Swap, you donate your clothes now, and then you can pick up the clothes you want during the event April 13.”
Key spouses may also pick up clothes for their unit family members if they are unable to attend the event. Wearing their key spouse badges, they can take whatever they need for their unit members.
Additionally, Ross said the event gives parents a break from buying new clothes all the time because everything is free.
“We are doing this for the entire Air Force family,” Ross said. “It’s just families helping each other.”
For more information or to volunteer, call Pedretti at 567-5808.