The Mission’s newest program Mission Recycle kicks off to an amazing outpour of support; next event in the works
LINCOLN, NE, May 1, 2012 – The People’s City Mission held their first City Wide Recycling Day on Saturday, April 28th at all ten Russ’s Market and Super Saver locations across Lincoln to kick off our newest program, Mission Recycle. The Mission asked the public to bring any unwanted clothing & accessories including shoes, hats, purses, and belts in any condition, and donate them to a great cause. The result was an amazing outpouring of support from the community and over three semi trailers worth of clothing, shoes and household items collected in seven hours!
All clothing collected will now be sorted. The wearable clothing will be offered to guests staying at People’s City Mission as well as given out at our Homeless Prevention Center located at 21st and N Street beginning next week. The Homeless Prevention Center (HPC) provides an opportunity for those in the community living near or below the poverty line to acquire clothing, food, household goods, personal care items, and furniture at no cost for their homes. Clothing items that are no longer wearable or are not wanted by the HPC’s shoppers will be recycled. All proceeds from recycled materials will come directly back in to the Homeless Prevention Center to sustain the outreach they provide to the impoverished of Lincoln.
Pastor Tom Barber said, “We never imagined that we would collect as much as we did last weekend. Lincoln has once again proven how overly generous it is to those in need. In fact, we brought in so much over the weekend that we needed to close down the Homeless Prevention Center for a few days to be able to manage the amazing amount of items we received. We just didn’t have the space to bring people in to shop! However, we will be on top of the situation shortly and will start distributing these donations to our guests soon. A BIG ‘thank you’ to all of Lincoln…this is going to bless so many.”
To be able to store the incoming donations the Mission has brought in additional outside storage. The staff at the HPC is currently working steadfastly to sort and straighten up the items collected. The Mission plans to be ready to distribute these items to the public starting Monday of next week at the latest.
Because the event was so successful, and the public feedback was so overwhelming, the Mission plans on holding another City Wide Recycling Day in the fall. The timing of that event is yet to be determined, but we would like to have it be near the changing of seasons to be able to collect seasonal clothes that people won’t want anymore. Tentatively the weekend after Labor Day weekend might work well for this next event, but the Mission will make that determination and announce a firm date soon.
The People’s City Mission would like to thank the citizens of Lincoln that supported the event, Super Saver and Russ’s Market, Raising Canes and Rent-A-Van for their help in making the event what it was.
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