By SARAH BRADBURY
New Life Church of the Nazarene is reaching out to their friends and neighbors in the community with a new mission, Solomon’s Closet, a clothing donation and pick up service held at the church the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. The clothing is to benefit members of the community in need and offers four separate rooms and one large room full of clothing and shoes for men, women and children of all ages.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 was the first day the Closet was opened to the public. According to Pastor Desmond Barrett, 14 people came to Solomon’s Closet that day to shop through the many donated like-new items. “Five truckloads of clothing were already donated by the congregation and friends of the congregation,” said Barrett.
Barrett said they have had two great partnerships that helped to make this a success. Air Control Corporation donated the funds to get Solomon’s Closet up and running and Northstar Pulaski came and helped paint, prep, and sort clothes. “This was a great partnership for our community,” said Barrett.
Solomon’s Closet is another part of the church’s compassionate ministry program, an umbrella that covers the church’s food pantry, food distribution service on Saturdays, partnership with Pastor Joe Blankenship of the Dream Center and the Rock Center, partnership with The Salvation Army and other services. The Closet is open the same time the Salvation Army uses the building to provide services for the convenience of those who need to take advantage of both.
Community members can come by the church from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of every month to pick up clothing. Those who are able are asked to make a $1 donation for every five items of clothing. One hundred percent of these funds will go directly back into mission programs, not for church use.
Those interested in donating to Solomon’s Closet can do so from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Those unable to come during these hours can call the church at 980-2001 and leave a message. Someone will return the call and let people know when is a good time for dropping off items. People are reminded to only donate items they would wear themselves, not anything with holes or stains. “We are representing Jesus,” said Barrett. “He would not give them a rag-tag shirt, he would give them the very best.”