WENY News - Local donation center works toward expanding assistance

Local donation center works toward expanding assistance

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- Since June, the Bath Community Clothes Closet has helped 113 children get the clothes they need from sizes 0 to 14. 

"We decided as a church that it could be a ministry opportunity for us to reach out to parents who are looking to provide good clothing for their children and take that expense out of their budget as much as possible," said Centenary United Methodist Church pastor, Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth.

But in about 8 months, the closet has grown full.

"We felt that God would provide what we needed and that is the case," said Collinsworth. "We have more than enough clothing present and we're looking to serve more people and so that's why we're trying to reach out to the community to let folks know that we're here and that we are ready to help them."

So now, the church is exploring options of getting a bigger space. Organizers say if they do move to a bigger location they hope to expand on their clothing sizes.

"More accessible, like maybe downtown where they wouldn't have to come to this church and come down basement stairs," said ministerial assistant, Kathleen Putnam. "That's part of the problem is coming down the stairs; and be open more. Have more opportunity to be open more often."

"Our vision includes helping not just children, but also possibly helping adults in the future," said Collinsworth.

In order to move to a bigger location, they will need some help financially. If you would like to donate, volunteer, you can call the church at (607)-776-3434. The schedule of the community closet is as follows:

First Wednesday: 6PM - 8PM

Second Thursday: 11AM - 2PM

Third Tuesday: 11AM - 2PM

Fourth Monday: 4PM - 7PM

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