Help for families
Methodist Church offers giveaway
Needy families in Baldwin City will have a way to get free back-to-school clothes Saturday when Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, 1018 Miami St., plays host to its second weekend of the fall clothes closet giveaway.
The Ives Chapel clothes closet giveaway was started last summer. The church asked residents who participated in the city-wide garage sale to donate clothes that didn’t sell to the church to give back to community members who were in need. After a large number of items were donated the members of the congregation decided to have a back-to-school giveaway.
“We’ve had a wonderful response not only from our congregration but from our community,” clothes closet coordinator Cathy Gilges said.
Since then, Ives Chapel has hosted clothes giveaways in the fall, winter and spring.
Normally there are two weekends of giveaways with 60-70 families total receiving free clothes. During the first fall giveaway this past Saturday, 60 families came to the church for the items. Everyone received three pairs of new underwear and socks to get them started and then the community members could go through the clothing items and take what they needed.
Gilges said the younger elementary-level children clothing is often in high demand because the children grow and wear out the clothes so quickly, but the clothing closet items range from infant to adult.
Socks and underwear are the most-needed items but the closet accepts all clothing throughout the year. To donate items, community members can contact a member of the church’s congregation or stop by the church.
The clothes closet fall giveaway will take place from 8 a.m. to Noon Saturday in Ives Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.