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MP residents donate clothes during vendor blender event
Nov 20, 2017
Photo by: Morrgan Bouler Yvonne Ogles accepts donations from good Samaritans at Saturday’s Vendor Blender at The Gathering.

By Morrgan Bouler, Mt. Pleasant News Intern

 

As rain pelted the windows of The Gathering next to The Coffee Depot, Yvonne Ogles looked out for anyone willing to brave the weather to donate clothes for a good cause.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 18, vendors waited patiently for Mt. Pleasant residents to brave the cold weather for the vendor blender event.

Yvonne Ogles, while manning her Paparazzi Jewelry table, also kept an eye out for good Samaritans wanting to donate kid’s clothes for the Mt. Pleasant Elementary Schools. Flyers had been posted up and down town, advertising that there would even be a raffle for those who donated. In the first couple hours of the event, however, it seemed like the rain was keeping everyone away.

Ogles, whose son attends one of the elementary schools, is part of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and recognized that there was a need for extra pants, underwear and socks for kids of all ages at the schools. But there is a definite need for articles of clothing that fit the older age group.

“Accidents happen. Kids can be tough on each other, and I wouldn’t want my son, or any other child, to have to go through that or be made fun of. As a parent, I know no parent would want their child to go through that,” said Ogles.

However, as the rain stopped, customers, and donations, slowly started to arrive. Eventually, the donation box started to fill with bags of clothes, and people started to visit the vendor’s booths. Even the money jar, which Ogles had left out for monetary donations to buy more clothes, started to fill.

“I donated because, for one, my grandson goes to school at Lincoln, and anything that helps the kids in the community I am all for and just want to be there to help,” said grandmother Cheryl Rohde, who was visiting the event with her family.

“I just want to make sure that kids stay warm during the winter. There’s a lot of support here for the Mt. Pleasant Community School District,” said donator Jame Schadt, who attended the event with her two daughters.

“It’s a good cause. I saw it on Facebook that they were having this, so my friend and I went out and bought some stuff to donate. I would rather spend my money on this than anything else,” said donator Prudy Mallams. Mallams also added that it’s important to donate locally rather than to a secondhand shop like Goodwill. “This is Mt. Pleasant. It’s going to Mt. Pleasant; this is just more personal.”

To those who are still interested in donating, Ogles definitely encourages it, recommending for people to either call her or to donate directly to the schools.

“I’m just doing it for the kids. I know how hard it is,” said Ogles.

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