Calera AOK helps neighbors

Rebecca Krueger helps attendees during last year's Calera AOK clothing giveaway. (File)

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

CALERA – Neighbors continue to help neighbors through Calera’s Acts of Kindness Spring Clothing Giveaway on March 3.

Calera AOK is not a nonprofit, but a way for locals to clean out their closets and assist those in need by donating gently used clothing, shoes and toys.

Organizer Rebecca Krueger said donations will be accepted every weekday through Friday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on Eighth Avenue in Calera. Volunteers will be on hand to assist unloading cars and sorting donated items.

The giveaway will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 and continue “until no people or no clothes are left,” Krueger said.

“There are no qualifications for the giveaway. We ask that those in need come and take as much as they need, but not more than they need for their family,” she said. “We recognize we all can be in a position where we are in need at any moment, so there’s no stipulation on what the need is.”

Krueger said all donations will either be given away or donated to local charities. Nothing will be resold, and all items will be given back to the community.

“We do not have nonprofit status,” she said. “We are simply a group of people who have come together to meet the needs of neighbors.”

To prepare for the morning giveaway, Krueger said there will be a Calera AOK prayer walk at the armory on March 2 at 7 p.m.

“It’s an opportunity for us to pray for those who are involved, those who are working and those who are coming,” Krueger said. “It also gives an opportunity to church leaders and members in the area to pray for those who are coming.”

To volunteer with Calera AOK, contact Rebecca Krueger at helpaok@gmail.com.