Changing clothes and life at the Community Giving Closet

HOWARD – The Community Giving Closet at Hope Community Church in Howard is changing lives one shirt at a time.

Denise McGinnis started The Closet after recognizing a need in the community for a place where people can donate, swap and take home clothes for free.

“We have a lot of people who have come here who are very grateful,” McGinnis said. “Some people have come back and told us how they got an outfit they wore to a job interview, and it helped them get a job.”

The cupboard opens its doors on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. They have been hosting people not just from Brown County but from all over Wisconsin for 10 years now.

McGinnis said she was grateful because they have boxes upon donation boxes and a large group of volunteers to hang up and organize all the donations. They also have clothing for all sizes and styles, and their reach goes far beyond the typical t-shirt and pants.

In the last reunion season, McGinnis said they brought in over 100 girls for dresses and 73 dresses went missing in a single day.

Now that winter is approaching, McGinnis said it’s more important than ever to get the word out because winter gear can be expensive.

Doreen Roberts said she found the closet very impactful in her life when she started shopping there four years ago with a friend, so she decided to become a volunteer herself.

“I used to be addicted to shopping for clothes online. It’s over. Now I’m swapping in my old clothes,” Roberts said. ” Reduce. Reuse. To recycle. This is our reason for being here. »

Roberts pointed out that there is no income requirement to use the closet and that many people just like to shop in a greener way.

“No judging. People can come in,” Roberts said. “Anything you need…we get all types of people here.”

“Help your neighbor who may not have a driver here to come here. Help your community. Help your environment,” McGinnis added.

For more information on the Community Giving Closet, find their Facebook page here.

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