Last summer, while watching the morning news, I was truly inspired by a local couple who started an innovative non-profit to distribute used clothing to local families in need and I have been sending them my used clothing ever since.
In 2014, while providing photography services to local schools, Alison Ripcho and her husband who own Ripcho Studios realized that many of the clothing items that were turned into the lost and found at these schools were never claimed, so twice a year Alison would collect the unclaimed items, wash them and distribute them to local families in need.
Now five years later, their non-profit Needs Cleveland, coordinates the distribution of donated clothing and household goods through their Lorain Avenue location, providing more than 1,000 free pieces of clean, gently used clothing to over 100 visitors per day. All help is volunteered and all expenses are paid by generous donations from the public.
Families in need can simply register to become a member which entitles them to shop for 5 free items per person in their household (up to 25 items) per visit.
In addition, last year the organization began to provide free meals the last Wednesday of every month, just the time of the month when many find that money is tight. Their food kitchen distributes 4 meals per family and also provides take-home items for breakfast the next morning.
To learn more about this great organization or how you can donate visit https://www.needscleveland.org/about.