For someone new to the area with limited financial means, getting through a Laramie winter can be difficult. To help them make it through the colder months, the Clothing Cottage, 310 University Ave., offers free winter clothing.
Clothing Cottage manager Chanda Ziegler said about 50-100 people come into the cottage each. As people come in for help staying warm during this time of year, the organization is going through what is typically some of its lowest donation months.
“Our slowest months are January-March, and they pick up again in about April when students are thinking about what they are going to be doing after May,” Ziegler said. “(Until then), we definitely need boots, hats, gloves, socks, coats and jackets, pretty much anything you can think of for the cold weather.”
Clothing Cottage volunteer Jennifer Logie-Oliver said donations fluctuate day-to-day, but it seems like the organization is receiving more donations than it did this time in 2017.
“We have been doing good this year compared to last year,” Logie-Oliver said. “I think the numbers are up quite a bit (since) the norm for this time of year is very slow.”
In the past couple of weeks, several people with different backgrounds have come to the cottage looking for assistance, she said.
“We had a gentleman come in the other day that moved here from Arizona and is working outside and didn’t have appropriate clothing,” Ziegler said. “Last week, we had somebody that pretty much needed shoes and socks. We were able to provide those for him, but we also gave him clothing because it is winter time and he didn’t have sufficient clothing.”
The Clothing Cottage accepts most household items and donations from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays.
“We will take pretty much anything from your household, except for large items,” Ziegler said.
“Our emphasis is clothing, but we also do decor, shoes, accessories, kitchen items, bedding, utensils and towels because everybody is looking for those kinds of things for their home.”