First and foremost, thank you to everyone who has donated to the Clothing Closet in Burwell and to all of the volunteers who have put in many hours to make it function efficiently so that people can utilize its services.
The Clothing Closet served 555 people in 2016. Seven thousand pounds of clothing was donated, nine counties were served, and adult and youth volunteers gave of their time 112 times.
Clothing that is not used is donated to the Assembly of God Toss Box. Dave Busch and his family pick up the unused clothing and transport it to Grand Island where it is collected by the semi-load and delivered to the Lincoln People’s City Mission recycling center. Once it reaches the center, it is baled into 1000 pound bales and transported by the semi-load to Texas, Florida, and Canada. From there, the clothing travels to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Africa. The clothing is used by people in these countries to wear and to sell in markets for income. So you can see that a mission that starts in Burwell by you extends to other cities, states, and countries. None of it goes to waste. Clothing that is not used is recycled into yarn, rags, and stuffing for chairs and car seats.
Not only do people in other parts of the world use the clothing that we send on, but the Speed The Light Toss Box National Youth Ministries receives money from the amount of clothing we donate to them. They were able to donate $1,125 to the Speed the Light missions to help purchase a utility vehicle to deliver clothing and goods to people in foreign countries. You may visit the Speed the Light website (http://speedthelight.com ) for further information or contact Dave Busch, pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Burwell at 308-346-4173.
The mission begins locally by you and extends beyond Burwell to help people in all parts of the world and additionally, it helps provide missionaries with a means of transportation. The Clothing Closet is also a means of bringing many people and churches together in Burwell and the surrounding area to serve others.
Any individual or business can donate to the clothing closet. All donations are accepted and volunteer help keeps the clothing closet functioning. Thank you again for your generous donations of clothing and for your working at the Clothing Closet in Burwell. You are making an impact on the world by starting at home, in Burwell!
Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification. KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska. For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at [email protected], visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook. Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska