West Point Optimist Club’s Annual Clothing Drive was held at the Nielsen Center in West Point on Wednesday and Thursday. Program Director Karen Baumert says the turnout was fantastic. “Yes I’d say we had a great turnout. Larger than anticipated, and very much appreciated. The whole community seemed to pull together for this, and once again it was a great success. We did help over 300 families this year so that number is way up. And they were very appreciative to get the extra support from the community.”
Baumert says there was an increase of more than 30 percent in the amount of clothing donated from last year to this year.
She adds leftover clothing has gone to a few charities in Omaha, including Open Door Mission.
Volunteers came from organizations like the Optimist Club and NorthStar Services. “Yes we did. Not only did we have Optimist members because they came and helped us one day, but the NorthStar group is very good about bringing their residents down and helping. It takes a lot of hands to fold all those clothes, and so we want to appreciate their help and look forward to working with them again next year,” Baumert said.
Baumert says this was the 37th year for the clothing drive.