A local church is hoping to help people from the Abingtons and beyond stay warm this winter.

The Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road, will host its inaugural free community clothing huddle this Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1-4 p.m. Organizers explained that the huddle is a way for people to help each other before the holidays while cleaning out their closets.

"We realized that there is an overabundance of clothing that people do not want anymore; it is normally given to thrift shops and resold," said committee member Linda Magnot. "As a committee, we decided it would be a really good idea to give it away for free."

"We are looking for whatever clothing we could acquire, just to help out," she added. "Even though we are located in Waverly, it isn't restricted just to the Abington area. We welcome whoever would like to come, wherever they are from."

The clothing huddle will offer clothes for men, women and children of all ages and sizes. Participants can come to the church and fill up a bag, no questions asked. In the event of extenuating circumstances, such as a fire, organizers said that participants are welcome to fill additional bags.

"Our goal is to get these clothes distributed," Magnot said. "We aren't sure how many people will come. Even if a person doesn't need anything but they know someone who does, they can come and fill a bag for that person."

Committee member Teri Tedesco explained that anyone can help out with the huddle, whether they have an entire closet full of clothes or just one item to donate.

"If you want to give, you don't need to feel like you need to give a ton," she said. "If you have a coat, a pair of jeans."

"This year, the news has talked about how so many people have lost jobs," she continued. "The last thing on their minds, I hate to say it, is helping someone else. But they could come, give and receive. Maybe there is something they don't wear anymore that they could give and they could fill up a bag with clothes they could use."

Jen Cohen mentioned that the huddle is also a great way for people to learn more about what the Waverly Community Church has to offer.

"Not a lot of people know that we are here as a church; sometimes we get tucked away because we are in a smaller area in the community," she said. But we are here and we want to serve others. The church isn't meant to impress - it is meant to serve. That is what we are here to do."

"Many, many years ago, the community did look to the church for help but I think a lot of people have lost sight of that," Magnot added. "We would just like to restore that feeling."

For more information on the free community clothing huddle or to donate clothes, call the Waverly Community Church at 570-587-2280 or visit www.waverlycommunitychurch.org.