As the nighttime temperatures slide into the 40s and leaves start turning their dazzling fall colors, we’re reminded families need to be prepared with winter clothing and footwear.
Just in time for cooler months, Food and Raiment Day at Central Church of Christ this Saturday, Oct. 19, will help ensure local citizens of all ages are adequately supplied with coats, sweaters, shoes and boots.
The clothing giveaway will be in progress from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central’s Benevolence Center next to the historic downtown church. Anyone in need of clothing of all kinds is welcome to come, browse the racks and shelves, and take what is needed. As a bonus gift to the community, the congregation will also be offering a free hot meal in the nearby fellowship hall during the same hours.
Central holds weekly garment giveaways on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m.
“We’re seeing a lot of new people coming through,” said Becky Wilmore, one of the prime organizers of Central’s clothing recycling center. “Apparently, each person we’re able to help tells another person and the word spreads.”
The benevolence facility registered 31 new client families in just the last three weeks, said Charles Bogle, one of Central’s elders. In an effort to balance the available services with resources, recipients are issued a card that entitles them to visit the benevolence facility once every four weeks, Bogle explained.
Records show an average of 40 families receive clothing and food assistance every week, a church spokesperson said. The facility will be closed this Thursday, Oct. 17, to allow church volunteers time to prepare for Food and Raiment Day, traditionally the largest single distribution of the year. The church is preparing for 300 guests at the complimentary lunch this Saturday, Wilmore noted.
“We want to thank donors throughout the community as well as in the Central family for supplying good, clean, serviceable garments and footwear,” said Michael Corley, a Central elder. “The Benevolence Center serves as a vehicle or platform for bringing the resources and the demand together in one convenient place, and it’s truly a community-wide program of service to our less-fortunate neighbors, especially children.”