The Red Deer Community Clothing Service, formerly known as the Red Deer Clothing Bank, is in danger of closing their doors in coming months if more funding can’t be secured.
For the past 47 years, the non-profit organization has been funded through the United Way, but was informed earlier this year that as of Dec. 31, that funding will stop.
“We are in desperate need,” said Ted Hayden, president of the Red Deer Community Clothing Service, who added he was surprised to learn of the stop in funding. “(The United Way) funding focus is no longer rent but education for the coming year.”
Hayden said the organization, which is located at 5005 Ross St., has put away some funding which will allow them to cover their rent until next March, but after that, if they don’t obtain more, they will have to close their doors after providing for the community for 50 years.
“We need funding to cover our rent of $2,858 per month, our small Thrift Shop pays the insurance, telephone and cleaning,” he said. “We provide free clothing, basic bedding and kitchen needs to anyone in need in the Red Deer area. Our client base is approximately 1,100 per month and our volunteers provide this service Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This organization is run solely by volunteers that are passionate about continuing to serve the community.”
He added volunteers are trying to find ways of fundraising.
“(If we close) it will have quite a bit of impact on people in the community. We work with other organizations and agencies in the City and they are asking where they will send people. Some of our clients know what is happening and more will continue to find out.
“Any help would be appreciated.”
For more information, or to help the Red Deer Community Clothing Service call Ted Hayden at 403-346-3554.