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Clothing drive raises funds for softball club

Clothes for the Cause will pay for each pound of clothes Sno Co Express softball team collects

 

Courtesy of Trisha Petermeyer

The Sno Co Express Fastpitch club.

Arlington community members can donate clothes of any condition on April 19 to help raise money for Sno Co Express Fastpitch, a local softball club.

The Sno Co Express Fastpitch team will gather textiles for Clothes for the Cause, a non-profit organization in Washington state.

Clothes for the Cause helps other local organizations run fundraisers by giving money to them for each pound of textiles gathered.

They accept textiles of any kind, including clothing, shoes, hats, gloves, towels, sheets, blankets, quilts, drapery, purses, belts, rugs and stuffed animals. The organization takes the unwanted textiles and donates the usable textiles while recycling the unusable textiles.

Sno Co Express Fastpitch is a non-profit softball club that travels all over the state to play in competitions, said Trisha Petermeyer, an assistant coach for the club.

"The girls put in a lot of extra work and extra time because they're competing all over the place," she said.

The program teaches local girls to be better athletes, students and people, said Petermeyer.

"We organize our team and our league to help the girls excel at the game, but also to teach life lessons like accountability, friendship and teamwork," she said. "They learn how to be a team member and learn about true friendship. Oftentimes these girls have never met each other before but they make bonds that last a lifetime."

Funds raised by the clothing drive will help provide better equipment for the team and provide out-of-state travel as well. The teams hopes to travel to California this year for a softball tournament, said Petermeyer.

The two teams that are collecting donations are comprised mostly of girls from the Snohomish County area, but also girls from as far north as Bellingham and as far south as Chehalis, said Petermeyer.

They are collecting the textiles at their Arlington practice facility, the Sno Co Dome, located at 19819 67th Ave. NE, Arlington. They will be there on April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Petermeyer said that many of the softball players have already begun gathering textiles for their drive.

"They'll come in and say 'how many bags have you got' or 'well, I'm going to collect more bags' and it's started to become this friendly competition for them," she said.

The organization chose to work with Clothes for the Cause because it's a different kind of fundraiser.

"We've done a lot of fundraisers over the years and we liked that this wasn't about asking people for money. This is more like helping people with their spring cleaning or helping them get rid of unwanted clothes," she said.

The softball players also find it easier to ask people for unwanted clothes than money.

"Instead of asking for checks for cookie dough or wrapping paper or whatever they're just asking people for unwanted clothes, so they find that a lot easier," she said.

More information about Clothes for the Cause is available at http://www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com. More information about Sno Co Express Fastpitch is available at http://www.snocoexpress.com.

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