Cans for Clothing benefits food pantry

   A non-perishable food item was the cost for a grocery bag of clothing at the first ever Cans for Clothing Garage Sale held in Baker.

By Lori Kesinger

Cans for clothes

   The sale was the idea of Shawn Hirst, a Baker High School senior, who wanted to do something positive for the community. Hirst shared his idea with Assembly of God Church youth pastor, Joe Epley, who stood behind him to bring the event to fruition.

   Shoes, clothes, winter wear, accessories, and more were all donated by community members.  Numerous teens and adults spent hours helping coordinate the sale. The sale was held Aug. 15 at the Youth & Community Center. Anyone wanting to purchase clothes simply had to bring a food item to pay for a bag full.

   About 150 bags of clothes were exchanged for over 250 food items benefiting the local food pantry. The remaining clothes were donated to the Montana Rescue Mission in Billings.