Free clothing store back open and busy

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    SCRANTON, PA (WNEP) — Closed during the pandemic, the St. Francis Free Clothing Store in Scranton has been back open for more than a month now, and things seem busier than ever.

“They come to the door, they let us know what they need, and we bring them two or three choices and serve them right by the sidewalk, right by the entrance of the free clothing store,” said executive director Rob Williams.

With cold winter weather ahead, Williams said helping people get clothing is so important. He said the homeless are looking for some help.

“We’ve had a very, very positive response from people. If you think about folks that live outdoors or spend a lot of their days outdoors, something like socks are so important. We give out a lot of dry and warm socks for people. People have been very, very grateful that we are able to provide this service for them once again.”

Williams said they are also getting a lot of folks who are starting new jobs who are looking for something to wear when they begin.

“We often have people come that got a new job at a factory or someplace and they need to come and prepare themselves, to go into a work environment, so I think the two ends of the spectrum are those who live outside; also people who are reemployed or newly employed and they need a helping hand.”

The St. Francis Free Clothing Store is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 504 Penn Avenue in Scranton.

The store is also accepting clothing donations again, which were halted earlier this year because of the pandemic.

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Free clothing store in Scranton back open and busy

A free clothing store is back open and busy in Scranton at a time when so many people seem to need it.

SCRANTON, Pa. — Closed during the pandemic, the St. Francis Free Clothing Store in Scranton has been back open for more than a month now, and things seem busier than ever.

“They come to the door, they let us know what they need, and we bring them two or three choices and serve them right by the sidewalk, right by the entrance of the free clothing store,” said executive director Rob Williams.

With cold winter weather ahead, Williams said helping people get clothing is so important. He said the homeless are looking for some help.

“We’ve had a very, very positive response from people. If you think about folks that live outdoors or spend a lot of their days outdoors, something like socks are so important. We give out a lot of dry and warm socks for people. People have been very, very grateful that we are able to provide this service for them once again.”

Williams said they are also getting a lot of folks who are starting new jobs who are looking for something to wear when they begin.

“We often have people come that got a new job at a factory or someplace and they need to come and prepare themselves, to go into a work environment, so I think the two ends of the spectrum are those who live outside; also people who are reemployed or newly employed and they need a helping hand.”

The St. Francis Free Clothing Store is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 504 Penn Avenue in Scranton.

The store is also accepting clothing donations again, which were halted earlier this year because of the pandemic.

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2021 wedding season to be a busy one

It’s been a roller coaster year for brides, grooms and the wedding industry. 

Many have had to completely change how their weddings were going to look. For some, that meant changing how many people they could invite because of COVID-19 restrictions. Now, wedding planners and vendors are already getting ready for what’s expected to be a crazy wedding season heading into next year.

Newlyweds Joe and Meagan Mayol started planning their dream wedding last fall. Joe said staying flexible was key because their plans practically changed on a daily basis. Once the pandemic hit, they realized their wedding was going to look a lot different.

“We just moved all of those deposits to next year because hopefully, we’ll still get to have that experience with friends and family,” said Meagan Mayol. 

The couple still had their special day this summer when they got married in Sunriver, but it looked a lot different. Instead of the two hundred people they had invited, the guest list was reduced to just 10 people.

Nora Sheils is the founder of Bridal Bliss in Lake Oswego. She said more than 70% of weddings have been postponed. Twenty-five percent are actually increasing their budgets.

“It’s looking to be two wedding seasons in one year, because you have all these 2020 postponements and then you have all the couples who were planning on getting married in 2021,” said Sheils.

For couples who had to change their special day like Shannon Ware and James Beedy, who decided to elope to Las Vegas during the pandemic, they’re still going to make sure they get that dream wedding.

“It’s a big wedding there will be more than 300 at Portland’s Golf Club, it’s a different type of wedding it’s Great Gatsby meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said Ware.

But they will just have to exercise a little unplanned patience.

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Popular Gift Ideas for Your Busy Men on Father's Day

Father's Day is that special day for the man you call Daddy or Grandpa. Although hand-made cards, his favorite home-cooked meal and heartfelt messages are great ideas for this special day, there are a wide variety of gifts you can choose from to surprise and give him something special during Father's Day.

Men, our husband and father's in general are usually busy and DIY inclined individuals. Beside managing their day jobs and providing for the family, a lot of them also enjoys doing home repairs and DIY projects at home or inside their man caves.

With this mind, a gift card from Home Depot, Lowe's or his favorite hardware store is one of the best options you can pick for a rush gift for your special man on Father's Day or any other occasion. Men generally see these places as their "toy store." Any typical dad would generally make a dozen trip to the hardware store in a week and never get tired of doing it or even thinking about their next trip. Not only will he appreciate the gift, you might end up getting that repair done or that DIY swing set-up before the weekend.

Electronic gadgets are also great options to consider when getting gifts for your special guy. Think of digital camera, wide-screen TV's, DVD players or laptops. It all depends on what they are passionate about. If he enjoys watching movies, DVD players or a big TV would be a great surprise. If he loves the outdoors and enjoys photography, a classy new digital camera would do the work. These gifts however can be a little bit too pricey so be sure to save up and plan early to be able to score one for your favorite man on Father's Day.

Personalized gifts are also a good idea when giving a gift to the guy who seems to have everything. Picture frames, plaques or figurines can be purchased specifically with Father's Day in mind. You can also purchase personalized pens. Mugs and t-shirts with special photos and special messages to show your appreciation.

Gift certificates to a hobby they are fond of a specialty shop they enjoy visiting is also a nice option for Father's Day gifts. If they enjoy playing golf, drinking wine or woodworking, you can practically find a specialty gift shop for that. Get him a gift certificate to get an item that he really likes or need.

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