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Western Montana Community Center hosts free clothing shop

Western Montana Community Center Free Clothing Shop
Posted at 4:16 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 12:00:04-05

MISSOULA — The Western Montana Community Center is hosting its annual free clothing shop in downtown Missoula.

The volunteer-based, community-funded organization aims to lend a helping hand to anyone with the free shop — though the focus is on LGBTQ folks in need.

"For the last about three years we've held a clothing shop here at the center where folks donate clothes and then people can just come in off the street and take them home with them," Operations Administrator Andy Nelson said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the annual event to change pace this year, with only four customers allowed at a time.

Nelson tells MTN News social distancing and masks are required to shop, but they have plenty of items to give away.

"Unfortunately last year about less than a week after we opened, we had to shut it down because of the pandemic, and it shut everything down for a few weeks. So a lot of these clothes have been in storage," Nelson said.

In addition to a variety of clothing, the community center tells MTN News they have a surplus of masks up for grabs.

The Western Montana Community Center says the shop will operate at least until February 14. Clothing donations and volunteers are welcome.