At this time of year, many of the closets in the homes of local families are likely being purged to make room for newer, better-fitting school clothes.

But what do you do with all the ones they've outgrown, if there are no younger ones to hand them down to in your home? If you don't want to throw them away, Weyburn's local charities are there to help ensure nobody goes without the clothing they need. 

If you want to ensure it goes freely to another child, Assistant Director Judy Lumb with the Family Place said their Clothing Closet is a great place to donate any gently-used items.

It's also a great trove wherein to find some free clothes for your own kids.

"We have it right packed full right now, so everybody is welcome to come down anytime during our opening hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.," she invited. "We definitely have lots, and weekly, people are bringing clothing in to us, so we encourage people to check back, like even every week. We're constantly putting new stuff out."

Lumb said anybody is welcome, even if they don't consider themselves to be in dire financial need. 

"Some people think you have to be hard up to come, but everybody is welcome. We don't judge anybody. We don't turn anybody away."

She said the items in their Clothing Closet are all free, and often range from maternity clothes, newborn and premie clothing, baby-wearing slings and carriers, toddler and school-age clothing, and even costumes.

"Up to about the size 12 to 14 we take," she noted. "Depending on what the items are. Usually anything baby-related, we definitely will take quite often."

Lumb said sometimes people call to offer up a larger piece of furniture, but they don't have storage space for the items.

"So lots of times we'll just take their number and then when we know of a family that's in need of something, we will contact them."

She shared that once in a while, even baby formula gets donated, which can be a big help for those who are in need of it.

Lumb said staff members will take some time to help out, and they also have a volunteer who will spend half a day or a full day from time to time to ensure things are organized.