Helping Hands – Children’s Clothes MinistryThe Children’s Clothes Closet was established in 1999 by FBC church members with a passion for providing clothing for needy children from birth to 6th grade in Athens and Henderson County. The Children’s Clothes Closet is located at 402 East College Street (the Greenhouse) right across College Street from the church. The ministry accepts good, clean, used children’s clothes. Volunteers sort the clothes and arrange them for display. Area families with needs bring their children to be fitted. Each child also receives two pair of new socks and underwear at each visit. Families can return every three months to receive clothes. Records are maintained on each child receiving clothes at each visit.
Two years ago the ministry expanded to include school uniforms for all students of AISD, grades 1-12. At the end of the spring semester each campus has a uniform drive to collect uniforms that students have out grown. FBCA volunteers sort and organize these donations and two days in August are set aside as distributions days. Over 700 students are expected to recieve uniforms, new socks, new underwear and a voucher for new shoes.
The ministry functions independently but cooperates with the Henderson County Help Center, Crisis Center, Family Peace Project, Public Schools and other local organizations in meeting the needs of children. A referral from other organizations is not necessary and no review of family finances is conducted in order to receive clothes. If you would like to learn more about the Helping Hands Children’s Clothes Ministry call Minna Jane Odom at 903/677-8602.
How Can You Help? * Volunteer to become a part of the Children’s Clothes Ministry Team. Team members have a love for children, passion to serve, patience, and willingness to be available. The Clothes Closet is open to the public every Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Work is also done at other times during the month to sort donated clothes and arrange by season and size.
* Donate good, clean, children’s clothes, coats and shoes. A receptacle to collect children’s clothing is located on the porch behind the Greenhouse. Please remember adult clothes cannot be accepted. We recommend to take these items to the Athens Thrift Store at 1419 East Highway 31.
* Contribute money to the Children’s Clothes Ministry. Each month we must purchase new socks and underwear.