CUSTER COUNTY—A FREE clothing giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 4-H Building at the Custer County Fairgrounds.
Sandhill Critters 4-H Club members Kaylee Cook, 7th grade, and sophomore Bailey Christen said the clothing giveaway will feature all sizes of clothes and clothes for all seasons for kids and adults, men and women. Coats, hats, and shoes will also be available while supplies last.
“Anyone who is in need of clothes can come in and get any and however many clothes that they want,” Bailey Christen said on the KCNI/KBBN Get Up and Go Breakfast Show.
The articles of clothing are donated by the Sandhill Critters 4-H Club members and their families and are free for anyone who needs them.
“We have 67 members in our club so it’s not that hard to really bring in clothes. We did it a few years ago and we had a really good turn out so we figured it would be a good project to do again,” Kaylee Cook said.
Kaylee and Bailey told KCNI/KBBN the clothing is in good condition and free to anyone who wants to pick it up.
Parent and volunteer Michelle Taylor told KCNI/KBBN the Sandhills Critters focus on giving back to the community and all sorts of projects for the students: from animals to art, sewing, cake decorating, and anything in between.
Taylor said her son Tristan helped come up with the idea for the clothing giveaway which was held in 2019, but had to take a year off due to COVID-19.
“Every year we try to brainstorm different ideas that we can do to give back to the community–that’s one of the things that we really try to focus on in the club,” Michelle Taylor continued. “It’s just a neat opportunity to, you know, provide a service to individuals who maybe finances are tight and they need some Christmas gifts or just some clothing for their kiddos or themselves.”
The clothing giveaway will be set up garage-sale style but everything is free. Club members will be working to get everything organized on Friday.
“Our group is so fun and the kids are fun to work with so we make it fun while we do it. They’re such hard workers that it makes it all worthwhile,” Taylor told KCNI/KBBN.
The 4-H members said Sandhill Critters club includes students from Broken Bow, Ansley-Litchfield, and Merna. The club meets once a month and is also preparing for its meat bundle project.
Bailey likes to bake, sew, and show cattle for her 4-H activities. Kaylee also shows cattle and likes to bake and do cake decorating. Michelle Taylor said Chase and Amber Christen are leaders of the Sandhill Critters 4-H club if anyone wants to contact them to get involved.