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Wee Blessings provides clothes

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Seventh-Day Adventist Church provides low-income families with free clothes, through its Wee Blessings store.

The all-volunteer service — which is affiliated with Christian charity association Love INC — is open year-round on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. It has been provided free clothes for roughly a decade, ever since it was opened by Marge Edais-Yeltatzie.

Sandy James, who has volunteered for Wee Blessings for six years, said there is a strong need in the community for such services.

"Golly, we get more and more people every week," she said, adding that Wee Blessings had more than 100 clients this week.

The charity is open to all, regardless of religious affiliation or belief. While the service occasionally is short on certain clothing types, right now it’s doing all right, James said. In fact, "we have an overabundance of baby items," she said. James said Wee Blessings was looking into shipping some of the baby clothes to Wrangell to address clothing needs there.

James said donations come from members of the community, and said she was grateful for the outpouring of support for the less fortunate.