Clothing Giveaway Helps Out Families in Need

HAMLIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors facing financial struggles had a chance to pick up some free clothing items Friday night.

The owner of a consignment shop that just closed in Champanville offered all their clothes to Hamlin Mayor Chris Wilkinson.

The mayor hauled them to City Hall, where dozens of folks came in from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. They were able to take what they wanted.

Wilkinson says money that now won't need to be spent on clothing can go toward other things than can hopefully light up children's faces.

"This way people could come in and get some nice clothes for the kids, and maybe take the money they were going to spend on clothes and get their kids some toys and things of that sort," he said.

Angela Jeffrey was among those who partook. Her son suffers from a disability and can't work.

"Being a single father, it's really hard this time of year,” she said. “The money situation is really hard. It's really touching to my heart that they do this.”

The mayor says any leftover clothing they have will either be donated to Goodwill or saved for another giveaway in town.

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