Tori Watson from Market Drayton Library has teamed up with Gail Ackerley from Churches Together to provide a space where people can drop off and pick up school uniform items.
New this year, the program is taking place at the library at 51 Cheshire Street to find new homes for items donated to primary school, while considering the planet at the same time.
Tori said, “The program takes place in a central city location that is heavily promoted on our social media. Not only does this help to reduce the cost of living, but also to bury.”
Charity stores don’t want second-hand uniforms and there’s little money selling them, Tori said, so the program works well for people who want to get rid of unwanted items and make a difference.
The program started about four years ago and is run by Churches Together in Market Drayton.
It originally had a home at the Drayton Festival Center on Frogmore Road, before operating online the following year and now at the City Library.
Living in a world of consumerism, we all tend to buy too much, Tori said, and new school uniforms can be expensive, especially for families struggling with today’s cost of living.
From sweatshirts to cardigans, shirts to school shoes, the recycling program has many items ready for pick-up.
Some of the items are branded with local schools in the area – Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School and Grove School – with sizes ranging from three to four up to 11 to 12.
The team currently only has items for primary school, but is looking to involve local secondary schools in the program.
“We had 25-30 people today and a bit more last time,” added Tori. “We hope to reach 100 families and more. We have a lot of stock.”
All items are washed and repaired before being redistributed.
The team is only looking for people to pick up items at this time, as they have already received many generous donations.
The next uniform recycling event will take place on September 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.