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Kingston United Methodist Church’s Clothes Closet has begun broadening its ministry of providing clothes, household goods and furniture — even bridal gowns and prom dresses — to other parts of the state, nation and around the world.
The Clothes Closet began more than 20 years ago in one room in the church’s Ministry Center on Church Street.
Staffed with volunteers, this ministry now occupies the entire building and provides clothes and other needs, including appliances, kitchen items, household furniture, electronics and shoes.
Both Marie Pritchard, founder and former director, and Clothes Closet director Joan Sheldon relate stories from many who have told them, “If it weren’t for The Clothes Closet, my family would have very little to wear.”
A recent donation of 15 wedding dresses and 150 prom and formal gowns led to the establishment of a bridal boutique. Donations of any items are accepted.
The Clothes Closet provides items to ministries in Rockwood, Harriman, and as far away as Nashville and foreign countries.
A phone call from a ministry in Nashville requested men’s shoes in size 15. They were found and sent the next day.
Clothes were sent to New York after Hurricane Sandy hit that area, and clothing has been purchased by a number of families and sent to relatives in impoverished countries.
The Clothes Closet gave away about 2,500 articles of clothing during last year’s Christmas basket distribution.
Money raised from the sale of items benefits the ministries of Kingston United Methodist Church and the community.
The Clothes Closet proceeds have increased by 500 percent over the years. They benefit church mission projects and assist in the purchase of needed items.
All money generated is used to fund these ministries. No funds go toward administrative costs or other expenses.
All contributions are tax deductible. Pick-up is available for multiple and large items.
Stop by the store or call 376-6337 for more information.