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Family Is Overwhelmed by Mountain of Donated Clothing

DEAR ABBY: I attend religious services with a wonderful group of people. For some reason our family has been chosen to receive not only everybody's hand-me-downs, but new clothes as well. We receive several large bags of clothes each season.

I hate to seem ungrateful, but I don't have the time or room to keep a large rotation of clothing for my kids. Their room is a mess, and most of it is clothing I didn't even buy. Is there a nice way to stop accepting these gifts? -- THE CHOSEN FAMILY

DEAR CHOSEN: Of course! Thank the pastor of your church for the generosity that has been shown to your family. Then explain that you can't use all of the clothing you are being given and suggest that from now on those items be saved for a needy family who could use them.

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