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Williamsburg clothing swap recycles kids’ winter, Halloween garb

— Children grow up so quickly that keeping them in clothing that fits can be an ongoing struggle. To help ease the problem, Hilltown Families, an online grassroots communication network for families living in western Massachusetts, is sponsoring an innovative clothing swap.

The Kids Winter Clothing Swap will take place at Meekins Library in the community room on Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Families are encouraged to bring winter jackets, coats, boots, snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves and similar items they no longer need. Organizers say people can bring items to swap and also pick up some gently used winter gear for their children.

“What a great idea,” Northampton resident Jillian Rogers said. “I have winter stuff from last year that my daughter hardly wore but doesn’t fit her now. It would be nice to know that someone else can get some use out of it, and if we could find something that fits her for this winter at the same time, well then, it’s a win-win,” she said.

And winter wear is not the only thing up for trade. With Halloween just around the corner, a costume swap will also be included in the event. From handmade costumes to store-bought masks and capes that no longer fit the bill for their original owners, Hilltown Families invites parents to bring last year’s scary duds and then pick up some that are “new-to-you.”

“That’s what I love about living in this area. Things like this make it easy and fun to recycle and reuse,” Lindsey Firmani of Easthampton said.

This event is free and open to the public. Any clothing that is leftover will be donated to charity.

For information visit www.Hilltownfamilies.org or call Meekins Library at 268-7472.

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