Donations of clothing, small household items being taken this week for Open Closet
TRURO - Two local churches are hoping residents in the community will open their closets to both offer and receive.
Open Closet is an initiative by Immanuel and First Baptist churches encouraging people to donate gently used clothing and small household items that will be made available to others in the community, free of charge.
The event will be held Oct. 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in First Baptist Church's basement.
"This is for everyone, not just the needy," said Lynne Crozier, one of the people helping with the project.
"I've been through difficult times and I realized you don't need to be poor to need things," she said.
As the word spreads donations are beginning to arrive, including dishes, irons and clothing, to name a few. Crozier said clothing for all ages, male and female, are requested, especially for babies and children. Blankets, towels, bedding and curtains are also encouraged.
Open Closet began in the early 1990s when the youth group at Immanuel Baptist Church came up with the idea. A few years later one of the church's Bible study groups took over and eventually the church partnered with First Baptist.
"Last year there were hundreds and hundreds of items," said Crozier, who has helped with the project for about eight years.
"It's also great for being green and recycling ... and for people who come because they feel somebody cares and that's important."
Crozier said the only stipulation is that people do not claim items for the purpose of reselling them. Items that do not find a new home will be donated to the Colchester Community Workshops.
Volunteers are welcome to help set up at First Baptist Church Oct. 29 in the morning.