Caring Through Clothing offers best Black Friday deal in town

The African Violet Foundation will host its annual Caring Through Clothing event from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Fairfield.

Caring Through Clothing is “the Best Black Friday deal in town, according to Staci Wright, the African Violet Foundation president, and everyone is welcome to take advantage of the offerings.

The foundation will be giving away free blankets of all sizes, cold-weather gear, laundry supplies and more on a first-come, first-served basis to all who attend.

The free items include: new underwear, new and gently worn socks, winter boots, coats, hats, scarves, mittens and gloves in all sizes from infants to adults.

Free laundry soup, fabric softener and bleach also will be given away.

Wright said some gently used toys and books will be available for parents who need them for Christmas gifts.

“Additionally, there will again be a station for children only where they can ‘shop’ for gifts for their parents for Christmas,” continued Wright, and a wrapping station, with assistance available for those who need it, will be available, too.

Cookies, coffee, cocoa, and cider will be served in the “Christmas Cafe.”

As in the past, the African Violet Foundation and Gavin Hammes, owner of Hometown Sears in Fairfield, will be awarding one family a grant for a new washer and dryer.

“Hammes has worked with the foundation for many years to make this grant available,” said Wright. “Having a washer and dryer is something many people take for granted, but when you’re having to haul everything to the laundromat every few days, kids in tow, you know that a washer and dryer is a precious commodity.

“There is no way to adequately express our gratitude to Gavin for having such a big heart and generous spirit.”

Wright also expressed “a special thank you to the young ladies of Brownie Troop 2564 who purchased $130 worth of socks and underwear for Caring Through Clothing. God bless them and their sweet, generous hearts.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer at Caring Through Clothing can contact Wright at 919-4306 or email The African Violet Foundation at for details.

Volunteers can work during setup times: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and in shifts during the event on Friday are: 7:15-10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m.

“We really need about 10 people per shift on the day of the event,” Wright said, adding that volunteers are still needed.

“Thank you in advance to anyone who can help,” she continued. “High school kids can earn community service hours. And to be honest, it’s just a really beautiful experience.”

For additional information, call Wright; leave a message if the call is not answered.

The African Violet Foundation was founded in 2006 by Wright in memory of her grandparents, the late John and Ava Topping. Wright’s grandparents were known for helping others in need, and her grandmother often sent African Violets as a token of care and concern.