Last year, a single mom spent hours looking through clothes to find outfits for her eight children ranging from toddlers to teens. Another woman excitedly looked through suits and dress shoes to find the perfect outfit for her upcoming interview.
Both women came to the annual Sharewear event hosted by the Wake Forest First Ward, Wake Forest Second Ward and Falls Lake Ward of the Raleigh Stake of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
“All of the clothing is free, and we don’t ask for anything in return,” said Rebecca Fisher, co-chairwoman of the Sharewear event. “The women would not have been able to afford the clothing at full price.”
Each year for the past 10 years, the congregations collect gently used clothing and then invite the community members to come take any clothing items that their families need.
“So many people have a need for clothing, while other people have clothes that they no longer need,” Fisher said. “We only include items that are in good repair and that we would want to wear ourselves.”
Volunteers also sort all of the clothes so that attendees can easily find the types of attire and sizes that they need. Any clothes not picked up by the end of the event will be taken to two local shelters. This year’s Sharewear event is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24, at the church, 1524 Jenkins Road, Wake Forest.
“It makes us really happy to be able to help other people and get a lot of people involved in helping others,” Fisher said. “It is really great to be able to pay it forward.”
Saint Raphael fair
Saint Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church is holding its annual fair from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the church, 5801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. Festivities include carnival rides, games, face painting, a used book sale, bingo and entertainment. A food truck rodeo with a variety of cuisines will also be held during the event. Admission and parking to the fair is free. Ride tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 for unlimited rides. A cornhole tournament will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday with check-in at 6:30 p.m. Registration is $40 per team. For more information, visit www.saintraphaelfair.com or call 919-865-5700.
Lumber River Quartet
The Lumber River Quartet will be performing at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Ephesus Baptist Church, 6767 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The quartet is from Lumberton and plays Southern style gospel music. The concert is free and family friendly. For more information, visit www.ephesusbaptistchurch.com.
Jewish New Year events
Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community invites the community to celebrate the Jewish New Year with the congregation. All services are open to the public and free of charge. A complete schedule of services and events is at www.yavneh-raleigh.org. For more information, email Rabbi Rachel Jurovics at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan the Animal Man
Dan the Animal Man will be performing at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1, while visiting Legacy Lodge Children’s Church at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest. Dan will bring exotic animals to show the wonder of God’s creation. For more information, visit www.richlandcreek.com.
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