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Small town making a big impact for those in need

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 11:13 PM CST
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HUDSON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Food needs are being largely addressed for those in need, but what about clothing? The town of Hudson is trying to set the example that you don’t have to be big to make a big impact. Not only have they been serving free bread and other essentials from their town hall, but they also offer free clothing.

The aim of Hudson’s Closet is to provide clothing and small household items for people in need, and volunteers have organized it so shoppers don’t need to search through boxes, but rather can have a superior shopping experience, easily accessing whatever they need. Volunteer Charlotte (Char) Powell stated, “I started a little at a time going through things and trying to make it to where it was a little store, where people could come and actually go through it really fast if they wanted to.”

The closet started in 2016 through the inspiration of the Hudson Town Clerk. As soon as she was hired on with the Hudson Town Hall, she presented the idea of a free clothes closet to the Mayor and the town council. It’s been going ever since through the generosity and volunteerism of others. Christy Kimber, Hudson Town Clerk and Treasurer mentioned, “If it wasn’t for their generous donations and the tireless efforts of people like Char, we wouldn’t be able to keep the closet going.”

Even when they had to close for Covid, they provided services for people to shop on a call and reserve basis. “What I really have noticed during the pandemic is that there’s always a need, and the pandemic probably enhanced it a little bit,” added Kimber.

Although Hudson’s population sits as less than 450 people, the closet has aided over 1,000 people each year. Each week the closet serves at minimum 15-20 people. The town clerk is thankful to the mayor, the council, Char, and the volunteers.

“Without them we wouldn’t be able to aid as many people as we do, and provide relief. I think anytime that we’re able as a community, to support those that are in need, that we need to embrace those opportunities,” emphasized Kimber.

The closet is located inside Hudson Town Hall and is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed noon to 1. It’s open on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no closure for lunch. Donations of small household items and clothing are accepted during these times, but officials ask that people do not leave items outside.

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