Hours of Operation: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Kingston United Methodist Church has a 20 year history of providing good, gently used clothing to the community for a small amount of money through the Clothes Closet ministry, all thanks to a vision shared by Marie Pritchard, Dot Rowland, Rachel Parker and Fran Andrus back in December of 1991. The Clothes Closet has changed a great deal since the day it occupied a much smaller space than the current space in the Ministry Center; but continues to provide a friendly atmosphere and pleasant shopping experience to those who shop at our ‘store’. All the people involved in the Clothes Closet work hard to ensure the Clothes Closet continues to be a vital, important mission of the Church.
While increasing space and broadening the items available at the Clothes Closet, the mission has not changed. The Clothes Closet just recently increased the cost per item to $2.00 from the $1.00 cost that was held for 20 years. The Clothes Closet now provides not only clothing, but household goods and furniture generously given by the community and church members. The Clothes Closet’s mission is an example of the United Methodist Churches philosophy on missions to support those in need in your church, your community, your nation, and around the world. The Clothes Closet does support the mission of other groups by allowing them to receive clothing that we do not have room for, or that do not sell well in our facility. These missions include the Morgan Scott Project in Morgan County and a Clothes Closet in Rockwood. We are proud to say that in the last couple of years we have partnered with Reverend Alfonzo Marquez from Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lenior City who takes clothes to Mexico for distribution to those in need and the Disabled Veterans group from Knoxville.
In addition to these missions, the Clothes Closet provides much needed clothing and household goods to families who have suffered a fire, or have had to create a new home because of circumstances outside of their control. They also provide clothing for children in need through the Department of Human Services, the
schools, and in other ways that come to the attention of Clothes Closet workers and Board of Directors.
The money earned by the Clothes Closet helps to support projects in the church. They have also provided support for special church projects outside of the annual budget. If you would like to volunteer an hour or more at the Clothes Closet, contact the Church Office and extension 108 to speak with Director Kay Catron or Board of Directors Chairperson Loyd Sitzlar. You can also leave your name and phone number with the Church Office and someone will contact you. Also, continue to remember the Clothes Closet as you clean closets, know of someone who is having a yard sale, or if you are having one. The Clothes Closet will put your items to good use!