Imagine, as a child, being sent to school in less than adequate clothing, or wearing dirty socks because you only have a couple pairs. Being unable to afford basic essentials is something many families never have to think about, but for those who do, it can be emotionally devastating. Providing clean, gently used clothing to the community will “help these children know they are a cherished child of the Lord” says Jorie Johnson, program director of the Care Center’s clothing ministry.
In preparation for the new Care Center facility, the Children’s Clothing Ministry officially launches in late August. While the store will open with the new facility in 2013, the clothing ministry will begin accepting donations and volunteers during the back to school season.
The hope is that Clothing Ministrywill be prepared with enough clothing and volunteers necessary to support the same level of need as the current food ministry does. “The food pantry is a 30-year, established ministry with more than 1100 volunteers who serve on a regular basis. We have the challenge of coming out of the gate as a brand new ministry, equipped and ready to serve the same number of people with same level of excellence,” says Jorie. “We have a lot of work to do to accomplish that goal, but I have every confidence that we’ll be able to do it.”
Providing clean clothing for children offers dignity and empowerment that mutually transforms both the receiver and giver. In late August, donations of boys and girls clothing from size newborn to 14/16 will be accepted. If you have a background in wholesale, retail, distribution of clothing, knitting, or quilting, or if you simply have a heart for serving children and their families, prayerfully consider volunteering with the clothing ministry. Volunteer and serving opportunities will be available at the Care Center’s new online web pressence beginning June 9! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18