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Duclos clothing sale gives second life to thousands of items

Parents of students who attend Duclos School came together to organize a clothing drive and sale to raise money and give thousands of items a second life. Unsold items were dispersed throughout the community.
Parent volunteers from Duclos School pitched in to hold a clothing drive and sale to raise funds for school activities while keeping good clothing out of the landfill.

BONNYVILLE – A clothing sale held at Duclos School on Saturday had prices that couldn’t be beaten. For just $5 a bag, shoppers could purchase any items that caught their eye. 

Leila Brosseau, a parent of a Duclos student and one of the event organizers, said the clothing drive and sale offered a way to keep good clothes out of the landfill, all while contributing to a circular economy and raising funds for a Grade 4 farewell trip. 

The clothing sale, which ran from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 21, had already seen more than 200 bags of clothing leave the school’s gymnasium by 2:30 p.m. 

For the last hour of the sale, all remaining items could be taken free of charge. 

“We don’t have a place to store clothes that weren’t sold by the end of the sale, so we reached out to as many organizations as we could think of to make sure that everything we have left over gets passed on to the community,” said Brosseau. 

Any remaining hats, gloves and scarves appropriate for teens and young adults will be given to The Hive, while Size 3 children's pants will be donated to the Ohana Centre. Leftover baby and toddler items will be brought to the Stepping Stones Crisis Centre in Cold Lake, and the rest will be taken to the Bonnyville Friendship Centre. 

“We just wanted to make sure everything went back to the community, because everything was donated by the community,” she said. 

Following the event's success, Brosseau believes the clothing drive and sale could become an annual event for the school’s parent council. 

Jazmin Tremblay

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Jazmin completed a minor in journalism at Hanze University in the Netherlands and completed her Communication Studies degree from MacEwan University with a major in journalism.
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