Clothing drive in Hamilton for students’ formal wear returns for first time since COVID-19


Published December 5, 2022 at 2:51 pm

A clothing drive that helps children and teenagers in Hamilton look spiffy for life events returns next week for the first time in three years.

The Precious Moments Boutique is at St. Mary Catholic Resource Centre that is outfitted with new and gently used graduation, prom and First Holy Communion dresses and suits. Kelly Duffy-Kariam, a social worker in Hamilton, founded the boutique in 2004 to ensure that no student has to miss out on formal events because the cost of buying nice clothing and accessories was prohibitively high.

“These events are marked with much excitement but can also pose a significant financial burden for many families in our community,” a notice at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board page says. “All donated clothing is available to students at no cost. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and put to very good use.”

Donations can be dropped off at reception of the Father Kennedy Catholic Education Centre (90 Mulberry St.), near James St. N., from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16. Donations should be put to the attention of Angelica Tarli or Nicole Baldini. The Kennedy centre asks that donations be clean, on hangers and current.

More drop-off dates will be held in the new year.

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