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PALMER — Hand-me-downs for children are nothing new and children’s clothing drives are common, but what about for the mothers? On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Palmer Domestic Violence Task Force will be hosting a free clothing swap for women and teens girls at the Palmer Public Library, 1455 N. Main St.

The Palmer Domestic Violence Task Force is a grant-funded organization comprised of business owners, community members, survivors and allies who work to raise domestic violence awareness and education and provide resources to those in Palmer who have experienced domestic violence.

Palmer Domestic Violence Task Force Coordinator Crystal Rondeau said people who have experienced domestic violence “often make sure their kids’ needs are met first. This is a way for them to take care of themselves, without feeling like they’re asking for a handout. It’s women helping women.

This is the first clothing swap organized by the organization, although Rondeau said such an event has been suggested by several community members in the past. The organization is asking women and teens in the area to check their closets for clothing in good condition that they are willing to donate to the swap. All sizes, seasons and styles of clothing are being sought, from jeans to dresses, and even formal wear. Shoes and accessories are also being accepted.

People can “shop” the clothing between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Those who wish to donate without shopping are welcome. Any items remaining at the end will be donated to area organizations, including Dress for Success, Second Time’s a Charm and the Monson Thrift and Community Center.

“Based on the response I have received … I have many people asking us to do more of these,” Rondeau said. She added that the group is planning a second clothing swap for children and, perhaps, whole families.

For another opportunity to benefit the Palmer Domestic Violence Task Force, the AMVETS Post 74 Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting “A Night of Laughter to benefit a Serious Cause,” a comedy night on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. The show, open to those age 21 and older, will feature Steve Nagle of Rock 102 Springfield and others.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233. The Palmer Domestic Violence Task Force Group meets the second Tuesday of the month. More information about the organization can be found at facebook.com/PalmerDomesticViolenceTaskForce or by contacting PalmerDVTF@gmail.com.

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