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Clothing giveaway helps resident start new chapter

By by Andrew Mitchell - AMITCHELL@VICAD.COM
Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

Doyle Rader tries on a pair of shoes during the second annual Jaycee clothing giveaway, which provides free clothing for those in need. Rader is recently out of prison and looking for work, and hopes the clothes he received from the Jaycees will help him secure a job.

Doyle Rader sifted through a tub of clothing, hoping to find a pair of pants that may improve his chances of getting a job.

Tall and thin, finding a nice pair of pants can be a challenge for some like Rader, especially living off a limited budget.

Rader was one of an estimated 400 people Saturday who benefited from the Victoria Jaycees' second annual clothing giveaway at Christ Kitchen.

Rader, 50, was released from prison a few months ago after serving 17 years of a 36-year sentence for burglary. Out of prison, Rader is living with his mother, 72, and nephew, 8, and is hoping to find some part-time or full-time work, so he can help support himself and his family.

Rader says that he has visited been to the Workforce Solutions a handful of times, hoping to find some nice clothing to wear to a job, but it is often picked over leaving few options for Rader.

"You have to be there when they get their clothes in or else you won't get anything that you need," Rader said.

Jaycee Vice President Velda Maddox said that after last year's demand, the organization knew what to expect and started their clothing drive in May 2012.

The Jaycees were able to provide 67 large Tupperware storage bins of clothing Saturday, all of which had been carefully organized by style and size by the 25 volunteers. The Jaycees also provided 25 boxes of shoes.

Other material items that were donated to the Jaycees were given to other organizations that could put them to use. Blankets, sheets and towels were donated to Adopt-A-Pet in Victoria. The hangers were donated to various area cleaners, while the jackets and sweaters were donated to Devereux.

Rader said he was grateful for the opportunity to receive new clothing and made sure to grab a few things for his mother and nephew as well.

Rader said he feels confident his new clothes will help him get hired at a new job and stay out of trouble.

"I don't have to go out and steal anymore because nice people like this are giving out the things that I need most," Rader said.

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