TLC Clothing Closet
Trinity’s Clothing closet is currently open on Tuesdays from 11:00am to 1:45pm
“If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren in any of the towns which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to give him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.” —Deuteronomy 15:7-8.
For 25 years, our church’s members and friends have faithfully been opening their hands to fulfill the needs of the poor around the church in this town that God has given us. This is a long overdue glimpse into the labors of eight volunteers who toil unseen during each week of the year.
We know the numbers of visitors grows annually and that the word has spread. In the past several years, volunteers have heard guests referring to our Clothing Bank as the “Trinity Bon Ton” and, recently, the “Randolph Street Mall” when referring to the bountiful, highly organized, outstanding variety that is offered our neighbors.
When guests enter Trinity’s Clothing Bank in the order of their signup at arrival, they are asked if they have been to our Clothing Bank before. If so, a filed card is withdrawn to check on their address and their last visit (as guests can visit once a month). If not, then they are asked to show identification so a card can be made up with their information: the number of family members, their local address, and the date of their last visit.
Visitors are given two plastic grocery bags and reminded of the amount of “shopping” they can do on one visit each month. Each person in the family is allowed two outfits, made up of any combination of pants, shirts, blouses, sweaters, skirts, or dresses. In addition, they can select a jacket or coat, a pair of shoes, socks, underwear, and a purse. If they want to try clothes on, they do so in the rest rooms on that floor of the church.