Bethesda Community Clothing Closet Update

by Kathy Harris on February 09, 2024

The Clothing Closet completed its 50th year in operation in 2023. Having started in the basement of the church in 1973, in
2017, we moved to the second floor, where we operated for four years until May of 2021; we moved to the first floor and are
located right beside the food pantry, meaning we can now assist more people because of the convenient location and hours, which mirror those of The Food Pantry.

On February 5th, St. Cecilia Catholic Church brought in over 50 coats for those who utilize the clothing closet.

While we receive numerous donations, we only keep clothing that is in season and the out-of-season items are taken to Goodwill every week by Phil Harris or Russell Henry. There are guidelines for shoppers to use when at The Clothing Closet, the main guidelines being individuals are only allowed to shop for those in their household and may only utilize The Clothing Closet once a month.

In 2023, we have assisted over 3,000 family households, with families consisting of two to 12 per household. Being located on the first floor in the main hallway has been beneficial as we see an increase in shoppers each month. People appreciate the service we provide. All volunteers are knowledgeable, helpful, and enjoy giving their time. We have a lot of fun working together.

Thank you to everyone who serves as a volunteer and those who donate to the clothing room. If you have yet to go in the
clothing room, stop in anytime and look around. It is a very nice place to shop.

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