(03/08/19) The College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado has transformed their worship center into a community closet and the annual wardrobe warehouse isn’t costing anyone a penny.
“This is our 10th year to do a community wide clothes giveaway,” said Pastor Kent Jobe. “This is something that we opened up to the community and anyone that’s in need of clothes can come by and get whatever and however much they need.”
Whether it’s clothing for an interview or for a child to go to school, the church is meeting a very important need in the communty.
“You’re having to balance utilities and other bills, so just being able to help people that this was an expenditure that they didn’t have to have,” said Pastor Jobe.
There’s been a lot of those stories over the years. Mrs. Tanya Wells has been a member of the church for almost 60 years but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she began to reap the benefits from the clothing give away.
“Everything I have on, I got here,” said Wells.
Wells wore a brown sweater, brown v-neck top, blue jeans and black shoes. The clothes at the community giveaway may be used but they are clean and in good condition.
“We’re on a fixed income so I just can’t afford to just go out and buy clothes,” said Wells.
There will be a variety items for any age group and any weather season. The church will provide a trash bag and anyone is free to shop for whatever they want.
“We accept no monetary donations but we do ask that it’s not resale and that you get all that you can use for your family,” Pastor Jobe said.
For those parents who want to shop alone without distractions from their kids, there will be a supervised kids zone monitored by volunteers of the church.
“It’s very laid back. We’ll have several of our own church members here as volunteers,” said Pastor Jobe. “If you fill one bag and want another one, they’ll hand you another trash bag and you can keep right on shopping.”
The10th Annual Community Clothes Giveaway will be on Saturday, March 9th from 8-10 a.m. at the College Ave. Church of Christ in the Family Life Center, 1817 N College Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71730.