The third annual benefit event is scheduled for Saturday
VICTOR — Town Hall on Saturday will become a place of true Christmas spirit, according to the organizers of the Give Around Victor Day Clothing Giveaway.
The Victor First Presbyterian Church will sponsor its third annual event from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Victor Town Hall, 85 E. Main St..
The crowd increases every year, with numbers running into the hundreds now, said Dina Strasser, wife of the Rev. Colin Pritchard, the church’s pastor.
There is a real need for this, Strasser said.
“Everyone from parents looking for clothes for their growing kids, to folks down on their luck, to local Girl Scout troops and teens show up, not only to shop but to donate and to volunteer,” Strasser said. “Folks come in not only to get a bargain, but also to find clothes for upcoming job interviews … and find Christmas gifts they otherwise couldn't afford.”
The church has received dozens of bags of donations, which hit the ceiling in the church’s old nursery room where items are stored.
“For the past two years running the Victor Blue Devils football team has run a drive to collect clothing at their annual banquet, and often donate some young men to help us move the clothes, too,” Strasser said. “They've been more than generous over the years.”
Give Around Victor Day benefits clients of the Victor and Farmington Food Cupboard and all residents of the Victor and Farmington community. This year, what is left from original donations will go to the House of Mercy in downtown Rochester.
"People are unfailingly polite and grateful,” Strasser said. “We work hard to have an atmosphere of warmth and celebration — we decorate the tables, play music, and volunteers help participants find clothes that are beautiful and fit well, like a department store. The generosity of the Victor town supervisor and his staff at the Town Hall can't be understated for helping us create a space of real Christmas spirit.”
Freshly washed items — including coats, boots, blankets, and clothes in all sizes — may be dropped off at First Presbyterian Church, 70 E. Main St., until 7 p.m. Thursday at Victor Town Hall.
The church is also looking for larger-scale Christmas decorations such as tinsel, figures, trees, and lights to dress up the tables, clothing racks for coats and candy canes.