Event Asks for Clothing Donations, Gives Tree Sapling in Return

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/26 2014 04:52PM

Updated 04/26 2014 04:56PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Springfield Victory Mission hosting asked local people to trade-in their unwanted clothing for a tree sapling in conjunction with Arbor Day.

A thousand Redbud and Bald Cypress tree saplings were given away in exchange for used clothing.

The items collected are to be distributed to the homeless and working-poor in the Ozarks, recycled or sold at Victory Vintage Thrift Store to generate revenue for the Victory Mission’s programs and services.

Each year, the Victory Mission serves an average of 80,000 meals, provides over 40,000 night of safe lodging and distributes at least 50,000 food bags to low-income families and individuals. The charity also offers various training and education programs to help homeless and struggling people build stable and independent lives.

“This is a great opportunity to clean out your closets for a meaningful cause, while taking home a tree you can enjoy for years to come,” said Victory Mission Executive Director Jim Harriger.

The Victory Mission partnered with the Missouri Department of Conservation, donating the trees for this important event in conjunction with Arbor Day.

For more information about the Victory Mission’s programs and services, other special events and volunteer opportunities, or to make a financial gift, please visit www.victorymission.com or call 417-831-6387.

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