Ker Moua | Lead Copy Editor
Need a new set of clothes but don’t have the money this month? Drop by the Clothes Pin Clothing Closet on West Campus in room W1010. Here, the room has a treasure trove of clothes and shoes, new and gently used. Gao Lor, a student staff worker majoring in psychology, says the goal of the place is to help students at Century that are struggling with daily needs to save a few dollars.
According to Lor, they receive donations almost every two days so there is plenty to pick from. There are clothes for kids, preteens, men, and women. There are even suits and ties for those hoping to get a proper attire to wear for job interviews. Hygienic items like soap and lotions are also available. They do limit the amount each person can take but don’t worry, you’re free to visit again next month.
Why does Century have such a place? This hidden gem is the brainchild of Susan Morris, a fellow student majoring in social worker, but everyone calls her Miss Sue. Morris hopes that when someone enters the room, it “brings peace and serenity.” She just “loves giving back to the community.” Back on May 17, Morris says, “God gave me a vision.” So, she introduced her vision to Century and wanted to help those who need help.
When asked how Morris came up with the name the “Clothes Pin,” she said she wanted people to think of the nostalgia of remembering their grandmother washing clothes and hanging the clothes on a clothesline back in the day with clothes pins in her mouth. Remarkably not a month after, while at a garage sale, Morris spotted a framed art piece with the exact words. The art piece was selling for three dollars but when Morris told the woman seller about her vision, the seller gave the framed art piece to Morris for free. She told Morris, “Good luck on your journey.” The framed art piece now hangs on a wall inside the Clothes Pin Clothing Closet.
So, if you need new clothes for the family but are looking to save money, give the Clothes Pin Clothing Closet a try. Everything is free. So, come on by for a peek at the array of clothes the room has to offer. There’s plenty to choose from but if you have no idea what to get, Morris said she will help “set you up” provided you swing by.
The Clothes Pin Clothing Closet hours are:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Or pop into the Resource and Support Center W1490 if you are unable to come at the usual times. So, drop on by!