The Guild, an after-school program run in partnership with Delight, is bringing together local vendors and thousands of articles of clothing for their inaugural Swap and Shop. On March 29, Delight will be open for customers to “shop” free clothing and local vendor booths from noon to 6:00 p.m.
In order to make the event a success (and a swap!) The Guild is seeking quality, well-maintained clothing and shoes to be donated. They are especially hoping to receive donations of kids and baby clothes and shoes. Donations will be accepted between now and Saturday, March 28 at Delight. Please drop off your donations between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Delight store owner, Colton Kishner-Lira, says this event is personal for him because he remembers the community giving back to his family as he was growing up, “Any parent knows that kids out-grow their clothes so fast, it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Growing up as a kid in Cottage Grove, I remember the community always stepped up when my parents struggled to make ends meet, so I’m very excited for this great opportunity for parents bring in items that don’t fit their kids anymore and come out with some great items that will fit them for, you know… the next month or so, however long until the next growth spurt.”
Donations for The Guild, a 501(c)3 charity, will be accepted at the event but are not mandatory. The program is currently using donations to fund scholarships.
“Our goal at the guild is really to create a fun atmosphere where kids can come together, play some games, flex their creative muscles while doing science. We want them to learn but not feel like they’re putting in a lot of work - you know, they work so hard at school all day, we want a safe space for them to unwind and have fun,” says Dillon Hockett, the program’s new Program Coordinator, “And of course we want it to be accessible. We’re here to build community and you can’t do that when cost is a barrier. Not every family has the money left over at the end of the month to send their kids to learn robotics, or cartography, or what-have-you, after school is over, and we don’t want those kids to be left out of these experiences, so, we’re doing what we can to make our programs as inclusive as possible.”
The Guild offers weekly programming for $45 a month per weekday, with a discount for families who sign up for five days a week. Classes offered have a gaming or science theme, such as D&D Through History, Mindstorms Robotics, Cartography, Planeswalker League, and more! Delight is a table top game store in Historic Downtown and offers Pokemon League, Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, Magic: The Gathering tournaments, board game nights, and more family fun.
For more information please visit The Guild’s website at www.theguildinthegrove.com or call Delight at 541-946-3132.