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Donated clothes lending a helping hand to area elementary schools

Between the falls on the playground, bathroom accidents and lunchroom messes, elementary schools in the Brainerd School District often go through clothes to replace messy and inappropriate outfits.

So often that district substitute nurse Martha Bolton saw a need for clothes and knew she could help.

Enlisting her perish at St. Paul’s Church in Brainerd, Bolton told Carin Bedard about the amount of clothes that go home with children in the elementary schools, most of the time not being returned. Bedard ran with it. Starting in May, she organized a fundraising project looking for donated clothing along with brand-new socks and underwear. Over the months, the church received gently used clothes and even some newly purchased ones.

Bolton and her husband Doug delivered one bin to each school in the district on Wednesday. Brainerd School District Nurse Mary Lastovich said she was thrilled with the support from Bedard, Bolton and the overall community.

“It’s fabulous,” she said while going through the bin of clothes at Riverside Elementary School. “We can use all of this and all of the elementary schools are going to benefit from this.

“It’s just really great.”

Bolton said that St. Paul’s Church will be accepting clothes the remainder of the school year, looking especially for winter items with the cooler season approaching.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).