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Baby Clothes, Who Needs Them / Where Do They Go?

We have a plethors of baby and small child clothes here at the Freecycling Center. In the last few weeks, we have had so many clothes donated we had to open up the Community Library space for donation storage. One thing that we seem to have trouble moving are baby and small child clothes.

Currently we have about 5 large milk crates full of them. We are looking for a good place (a place that will reach folks that need them and give them for free) to donate them or to raise awareness and bring folks into the store that can use them. [ read more ]

Best Of North Portland By St Johns Sentinel

I just found this checking out the St Johns Sentinal website and needed to share it. Thanx to everyone that has stopped in, donated books, or their dirty laundry. The community support for the blackrose collective space, has been both amazing, and at the same time, heartbreaking. The most rewarding & sad part of the bookstore for me is my collection of stuffed animals. I won't go into why I have such a love for them, but I started taking them out of the freebox area and hiding them amongst the bookshelfs, and little nooks and crannies. We have alot of single parent families who come in regularly with their young children to get clothes, food, and to see the joy on the childrens faces when they find a little animal pocking out from a bookshelf, it has become a game of hide and seek, and then to let them know that they can take it and give it a home (often a car, or couch). I, like them for that moment am overcome with a feeling of warmth, love and caring, it is a beautiful feeling, that I want so much for these children to have the opportunity to feel forever. But the despair & sadness of their situations hits me every single night when I put my head down to sleep..... And I know my work is just beginning... [ read more ]