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Peter Maurin Center to host Clothing Cruscade in Akron

Published: August 12, 2016 3:41 PM

Akron — The Peter Maurin Center will be hosting a “Clothing Cruscade,” on Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in their Community Center, 1096 S. Main St.
The clothing fair offers clothing to those in need at no cost. There is clothing for those of all ages, interests and styles. The Clothing Cruscade is a non-profit organization in Hudson that collects and distributes clothing to the less fortunate.
The Peter Maurin Center is an outreach ministry drop-in site for people living in the impoverished Greater Summit Lake region of Akron. The center offers hot meals to guests every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., but the center itself is open on those days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center also provides clothing, fresh garden food, bicycles and repairs, bus passes, after school programs and medical screening. When the temperature drops below 10 degrees, the center opens its doors throughout the night to people in need of refuge from the cold.
While the center offers clothing throughout the year, this event is a special thing that stands in conjunction with the Clothing Cruscade. The two groups have established a partnership. The Clothing Cruscade has the clothes and the PMC has the distribution.
“Last year’s event went extremely well,” said Jim Orenga, director of the Peter Maurin Center. “An estimated 120 people came and left with bags of clothes.”
Orenga is a Hudson resident and has been involved with the Peter Maurin Center for years. He is one of the many Hudson residents who work with the center.
When asked how he became the director of the PMC, Orenga said, “I owned a business and retired three to four years ago. I wanted to give back to society and the old director, Joe May, was looking to step down.”
The center is always in need of more volunteers. Contact Orenga at 330-414-5639 or jporenga@gmail.com for information.
To donate items, go to the center during its hours of operation and ask for Tom, Nancy, or Don. Things to donate include toothbrushes, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, toliet paper, creamer, coffee, clothing, tents, blankets, napkins, plastic wrap, aluminum foil and more.
Financial donations can be sent to The Peter Maurin Center, P.O. Box 1105, Hudson, Ohio or pay through the website and secured Pay Pal page.
Visit www.petermaurincenter.org for more information.

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