On January 19th, eight ladies from the WCOP had an informative tour of the headquarters of St. Pauly Textile. Ben and Joe DeGeorge shared the history of their family business and gave us a tour of the production area.
The business was started by friends Joe and Paul, setting out flyers and collecting clothing at the Rochester Regional market in 1996. From the beginning with one collection shed and one pick up truck, there are now 1,140 drop off sheds for clothing, soft toys, bedding, linens and shoes in nine states. There are 110 sheds in upstate New York alone. This organization collects 120,000 pounds of clothing daily, sending materials and recycled textiles within the US and in shipping containers to many foreign countries.
The WCOP supports this mission bagging collected clothing at the PITTSFORD shed, housed at the United Church of PITTSFORD.
After our tour, many of us enjoyed salad and pizza at
Lucca Wood-fired Pizza in Victor. A fun morning of sharing!
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