Clothing donation shed installed at New Ipswich Congregational Church

  • A donation shed has been installed at the New Ipswich Congregational Church for clothing and textiles, which will be donated to disaster relief areas. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/31/2021 4:42:32 PM

A small shed for collecting clothing and other textiles was only installed at the New Ipswich Congregational Church a week ago, but already, there are several bags of donations stacked inside.

Pastor Ken Whitson said the shed is part aid for those in need, and part fundraiser for the Congregational Church’s building fund. The shed is part of a larger network of donation drop offs for the organization St. Pauly Textile, which provides and sells the donations to disaster relief areas.

St. Pauly Textile pays the church a nickel for every pound of clothing they gather, Whitson said.

“It’s not a lot, but it’s a little each month that we’ll put toward our building fund,” Whitson said.

Whitson said he’s worked with St. Pauly Textile through a similar donation shed at a previous church where he ministered. The New Ipswich area already has several clothing donation options to assist residents, including the Green Center, which is open to New Ipswich and Greenville residents and has a large free clothing section, and other local ministries like Threads of Hope in Jaffrey, which sells donated clothes for a few dollars and is open to anyone.

“We’re a clothing-flush community,” Whitson said.

This donation shed, he said, is a way for the New Ipswich community to reach a wider community of need.

The donations, Whitson said, go to areas where the need may be very high and dire, such as areas struck by hurricanes or tornados. According to the St. Pauly Textile website, the organization sells and distributes the clothing throughout the United States and internationally to organizations such as foreign governments, relief organizations, the United Nations, private companies and the United States government for pennies a pound for areas that are in need of immediate access to large amounts of clothing.

“It’s something to keep people dressed and to keep life going on,” Whitson said.

Whitson said when there is a large natural disaster, he’s been part of church initiatives to gather and send donations, but its often a slow process, because the church needs to gather the materials and find a way to ship them. By partnering with St. Pauly Textile, Whitson said, the community becomes a part of the regular resource stream.

“This does something we couldn’t do alone. It’s an effective resource, and we’re supplying resources to them. We’re becoming part of the supply,” Whitson said.

The donations can also be used for local emergencies, such as fires, or for rummage sales or clothing give-aways Whitson said, though he expects most of the donations to go to their intended international destination.

The shed is located in the South parking lot of the New Ipswich Congregational Church, and will remain there permanently. Shipments of donations will be picked up monthly to be distributed.

For more information about St. Pauly Textile and their work, visit For more information on the New Ipswich Congregational Church, visit


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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