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Swap and shop to keep closets fresh and your checkbook fat

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Anyone who has kids may have heard at one point or another how quickly they are growing. Kids are supposed to grow, but it can create a challenge to keep their wardrobe up-to-date with the right sizes.

Enter the dual-base clothing swap.

The clothing swap is the brain child of Kayreen Crawford, wife of Col. Chris Crawford, 21st Space Wing commander, and Antoinette Ross, wife of Col. James Ross, 50th Space Wing commander at Schriever Air Force Base.

Last year, Crawford and Ross oversaw the organization of the first dual-base clothing swap hosted at Schriever AFB for area families. It was a huge success and is in the works again for this year.

This year's clothing swap will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the R.P. Lee Youth Center on Peterson, according to 1st Lt. Amanda Thurber, installation project officer.

Of course, a clothing swap requires clothing, and now is a good time to clean out those closets.

"We are going to be collecting gently used children's clothing or maternity clothes until April 10. We accept sizes for all ages, zero to 18," she said.

School and activity uniforms, gently used shoes, and even adult clothing are accepted as well.

Drop-off boxes are located on Peterson at building 350, the Airman and Family Readiness Center, the chapel, both child development centers, the youth center and the Tierra Vista Community Center. On Schriever, drop-off boxes are located at the TVC Community Center, the A&FRC, the chapel resource room, the CDC and the fitness center.

Participants aren't required to swap in order to shop, however. According to Thurber, the event is free and open to all military and civilian ID card holders who have access to the base. One the day of the event, participants can just show up and "shop" through the donations.

The Keystone Club from the youth center will be selling snacks at a small cost for a fundraiser.

Volunteers are needed for a day or two before the event to fold and sort all the clothes and for the day of the swap to help parents gather and carry their items.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Thurber at

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