Volunteers collect clothing and bedding for the winter from those most in need

Volunteers collect clothing and bedding for the winter from those most in need


Arropá.uy was created, an initiative that seeks to collect shelter for the coming cold weather and donate it to those who most need it. They pick up donations at home.

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Arropá.uy was born last Thursday, April 9, out of the concern of a group of people who noticed that, logically absorbed by the coronavirus issue, very few people were looking at what was going to happen this winter in terms of coats. "It seemed to us that we all have things to order and to take out of the closet and, in turn, we are all at home with time to do it," said Santiago, one of the promoters of the initiative who prefers to be known only by his name because "The idea is that you do not identify with a particular person, it is a volunteer project."

The keys of Arropá.uy are: classify, wash, pack and clothe . In other words, all those who want to donate clothing, bedding or shoes, are asked to order them by category; wash or condition them (it is important that they are in good condition); place them in well-closed bags or preferably in boxes, and contact Arropá.uy through their communication channels: Instagram (@arropa.uy), email ([email protected]) or WhatsApp (094401310).


Arropá.uy is in charge of collecting donations from the donors' address to avoid the movement of people. Ultimately, it has two collection centers : a shed in the Parque Rodó area (Pablo de María 1013, between Durazno and San Salvador) and a center that it shares with the people of CanastasUY in the premises provided by the Colegio Ivy Thomas, in Path of the Horneros. “ We put a lot of emphasis on the clothes being in good condition, clean , not something that another person would not wear; let it be worthy and useful clothing. The person who is going to receive it has to have the same feeling as us when we get dressed every day,” Santiago said about what is requested as a donation.

Arropá.uy receives the garments and a team that has experience in working with textiles and clothing takes care of the classification by sex and age. At the suggestion of the people, they added the donation of bedding (blankets, blankets, padding) and footwear . "On Saturday a soccer team from Tacuarembó came and donated a lot of soccer shoes that surely many children or adolescents will be able to use," Santiago told El País. The coordinator highlighted the transparency with which the task is carried out. “We explain to people what we do, what the criteria is, to whom it is going to be donated, and we schedule them on a collection route that is done during the week. The latter is the most complex, but I think it is the differential that the project has; you just have to sort and classify the clothes,” he said.


Since the project has just started, it is not yet defined who the donations will be directed to . What is clear is that everything will be published on social networks. “There are a lot of people who need it, it depends a lot on the volumes and the type of clothing. For children's clothing we have already spoken with some CAIFs; in adults, we think of the men who are homeless from MIDES and in the shelters, who seem to be the ones who need it the most... Then there are a lot of neighborhood associations and organizations, especially in the most complicated neighborhoods; surely we will channel it through there”, announced Santiago. Interested parties have already appeared from the interior of the country to extend the initiative, specifically from Maldonado. Arropá.uy currently does not have the means to cover the entire country, but it does have the possibility of sharing know-how so that others can take the experience forward. There are no deadlines for this initiative, there are even those who suggest that they repeat it every winter. “You realize that with a few clothes you can solve a person's life: pants, two sweatshirts, two shirts and a jacket and spend the winter with dignity, warm. You change the economy of a couple of months”, highlighted the organizer. He also highlighted the response of the population that, regardless of age or economic condition, immediately offered their help. They were approached by older adults, with clothes packed and washed, to people from humble neighborhoods, who have nothing left over. There were even those who have written to them saying that they have begun to weave garments for this cause. “The only thing we do is organize and channel the will and solidarity of the people. It is very exciting to see how they screw up and want to collaborate. They do not do it to look good or to comply because this is totally anonymous, they do it from the heart thinking of the one who will receive the jacket or the pair of shoes, "concluded Santiago.

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