Need winter clothing? Attend free giveaway

Members of the Clothes Ministry at Mount Carmel Baptist church sort donations to get everything ready for the giveaway.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.

Forget paying big bucks for boutique quality items because at the two-day Winter Giveaway Clothes Closet you can treat yourself to a shopping experience without spending any of your hard-earned money.



What: The Winter Giveaway Clothes Closet, with coats, clothing, household items, and more.
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2505 NE 8th Ave.
Information: Call 352-378-7322.

The free giveaway will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. The public is invited.

There will be coats and clothes galore for every member of the family, toys, books, pots and pans, linens, bedspreads, pillows, bathrobes, shoes, purses, gift items, and so much more.

"We make sure everything is in mint condition," said LaVern Porter, a member of the Clothes Ministry at Mount Carmel, who, along with fellow Clothes Ministry members, spent the day recently sorting donations and getting everything ready for the giveaway.

At the event, Doris Crews, Clothes Ministry leader, said participants will become customers and ministry members and other volunteers will take on the role of store clerks.

She said clothes will be sorted by gender and size and other items will be organized in the same manner, but similar to a store or boutique.

Crews said volunteers will be on hand to help customers find what they are looking for.

Crews said everything is in mint condition or brand new. She said Clothes Ministry members take advantage of sales during the year to purchase items for the clothes closet and church members and the community donate generously.

Crews said the clothes closet was started about 20 years ago as a way to provide clothing for those requesting help from the church.

Over the years, donations and need have increased, which means there are three giveaways offered each year.

Crews said the winter giveaway focuses on coats and warm clothing, the spring giveaway offers Easter attire for the entire family and the end-of-summer giveaway focuses on back-to-school apparel.

"Customers will find our store to be friendly," Crews said. "We want to help families with children in this bad economy."

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