Free clothing available due to surplus of donations for 49 people left homeless after Potsdam fire
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 5:53 am

Rows and rows of tables filled with piles upon piles of donated clothing remain at the First Presbyterian Church after many of the 49 victims of the Jan 26 Lawrence Avenue Apartment fire selected what they needed last weekend. Photo courtesy of First Presbyterian Church Facebook page.

POTSDAM – Free clothes will again be available today to anyone in need, because of a surplus of donations for 49 people left homeless by a fire at Lawrence Avenue Apartments January 26.

“So much good quality clothing was donated that availablity has been extended to all who are in need, not just the victims of the fire.” said Terry de la Vega, who helped organize the clothing drive.

The clothing drive was opened up to everyone Saturday afternoon and Sunday, but thousands of items remain.

The free clothes will be available at the First Presbyterian Church, corner of Elm Street and Lawrence Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Hours may also be added on Tuesday.

“Please come and pick out clothing, shoes, boots, and coats. We have more than enough to share with you,” said de la Vega.

Over the weekend, many of the residents who lived in the now-condemned Debra Drive apartment complex came for clothes, snack foods, and gift cards to local merchants.

Church volunteers were helped by community members to sort the clothing but much more work still need to be done, she said.

For more about the fire, view earlier story.