4 Your Community: Lawrence friends collect clothes for needy families

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LAWRENCE, Ind. (Sept. 24, 2015) -- The seasons are changing, and for many families that means a change in their children’s wardrobes.  However, there are a lot of central Indiana parents who can’t afford those clothes.

Katie Caplinger and her friend Heidi Taylor realize families struggle, and two years ago they started a one-month church project.  They collected gently used and new clothes for kids.

“It’s kind of blown out of control, but in a good way,” said Caplinger.

These two women are now an organization called Lambswear, and it operates out of Caplinger’s Lawrence home as well as her parents’ house.

“Come as you are,” said Caplinger.  “We’ll help you two times a year for a spring summer set and a fall winter set and there’s no questions asked."

“We are on pace this year to serve over 1,800,” said Taylor.  “We have served over 2,000 as of the end of August.”

Lambswear usually delivers these items because the parents asking for help live all over central Indiana.

“We get a lot from the west side, from the south side, Anderson, Noblesville,” said Caplinger.  “Most of our families are parents that are working and don’t make enough to survive, and that’s a lot of our families right now.  They’re just the middle-class working families that just can’t keep up.”

Lambswear started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for an actual facility where they can continue to do their work.

They also need more volunteers to help sort and distribute the clothing to needy families.

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