WESTFIELD, NJ — Have you been using your quarantine time to clean out your closets? The Westfield Area YMCA has just the event for you.

On Wednesday, June 3, from 7:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. the Westfield Area YCMA invites the public to drop off clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bedding, stuffed animals and small plastic toys on a tarp to be laid in front of the YMCA's Bauer Branch, 422 East Broad St.

All goods will be sorted and shipped by A & E Clothing Corp. to second-hand stores in the U.S., Central and South America and Haiti, organizers said.

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Proceeds benefit the Westfield Area YMCA’s financial assistance program which ensures that no one who is experiencing a bona fide financial hardship and lives or works in Westfield, Cranford, Garwood or Mountainside is turned away for inability to pay for Y programs or memberships, organizers said.

The majority of awards enable participation in the YMCA’s early learning, school age and summer day camp programs, organizers said. Given the current economic situation, organizers said they anticipate the need to be great once the YMCA’s facility is able to reopen.

For more information, email bcohen@westfieldynj.org.

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