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Fort Wayne-based boutique donates clothing to Salvation Army

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC21) - The Fort Wayne Salvation Army was able to help families in a different way, thanks to a Fort Wayne-based clothing store.

Just as they do with groceries, Wednesday afternoon the Salvation Army handed out infant, girls' and women's outfits, drive-through style.

The clothes were a donation from Matilda Jane.

Officials with Salvation Army say the need for food has jumped 250 percent.

But unemployment has made it hard for people to get other essential items, like clothing.

"I think it's something people are finding themselves in for the first time since the pandemic. That they have been laid off work or get to a store to purchase clothing since they're closed," says Jama Smith, with the Salvation Army. "So this is a pretty big issue that people are having."

The drive-through event wrapped up Wednesday afternoon at 3:00.

We're told more than 1,000 pieces of clothing were given away.

Krista Miller

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