Fall has arrived and that means cooler weather is just around the corner. While many families are dragging winter clothes out of storage or shopping for sweaters and jeans, some folks don’t have either option.
That’s why Trinity Baptist Church started the Children’s Clothes Closet to help families who can’t afford to buy clothes for their children. Cecelia Faulk, a church member, recognized the need for the clothes closet while volunteering at her children’s school.
“You see the need in schools or even within our own church,” she said. “You see families and you can tell they need the help. I’ve got three girls of my own and I would love to give my children’s used things to a family who needs them.”
Faulk presented her idea to Pastor David Morgan earlier this year. He gave it the green light and they started making plans.
“She came to me, and we worked on it for a while,” Morgan said. “We’re focusing on children, because it’s easier and you don’t get a lot of stuff that won’t be used.”
Church members began contributing used clothes to the project, and now, after much sorting, washing and folding by Faulk and other volunteers, a roomful of children’s clothes is ready to go to families.
Although the current stock of clothing was donated by people within the church, Faulk said they also welcome contributions from the community at large.
“We will take all gently used children’s clothing,” she said. “We do take some things for young adults, but primarily we want to do infants, children, (elementary) school-age children.”
The clothes closet will not be open during regular hours, Faulk said. Clothing will be distributed on scheduled “disbursement” dates, the first of which will be held in late October. But the church is always available to help families in crisis.
“We won’t turn anybody away,” Morgan said.
For more information about disbursement dates or to make donations, call the church at (254) 699-0529.