‘Freecycle’ Your Old Clothes at MLK Center


Most schools open the classroom doors next week, which means the little ones – who are growing bigger – need new clothes. Redding’s MLK Multicultural Center has a way for parents and grandparents to get those clothes for the very reasonable price of nothing.

The MLK Center is conducting its first Clothing Freecycle event from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, August 14. Bring in clothing in good condition and exchange it for pants, shirts, jackets and other fashions that are “new to you.” There is no charge.

“It’s basically like a clothing swap,” said Sarah McCartney of the MLK Center staff. “You can bring in clothes to donate and take other clothes home with you. Just bring your own bag.”

“It’s a really good opportunity because it’s right before school starts,” McCartney said.

However, the event is not limited to children’s clothing, as adults are invited to participate as well. And there is no requirement that you take things with you if you’d like to donate apparel.

If you would prefer to drop off items before the event, call the MLK Center ahead of time at (530) 225-4375 to make sure someone will be available to take your stuff. If you and your family need clothing but have nothing to trade, stop by the event on Sunday. The event’s organizers and good Samaritans want to help you out.

The MLK Center conducted a community rummage sale about this time last year. This is the first time the center has tried a “freecycle” event. Operated by the city of Redding, the MLK Center is located at 1815 Sheridan Street:

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shigley-mugshotPaul Shigley is a freelance journalist based in Western Shasta County, CA, and would swear that summer started just last week. He may be reached at pauls.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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Paul Shigley

has been a professional journalist since 1987. For 12 years, he served as editor or senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a statewide trade publication for land use planners, real estate development professionals and attorneys. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Redding, Grass Valley, Napa and Calistoga. Shigley's work also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Planning magazine, Governing magazine, California Law Week, National Speed Sport News and elsewhere. In addition, he is co-author of Guide to California Planning, a college text and reference book, and is currently working on a book for the American Planning Association about the Bay Delta and California water resources. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shigley has contributed to A News Cafe since 2009. He and his wife, Dana, live in western Shasta County.

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