Clothing Closet opens its doors in Clarion to help those in need

This past week, Hannah Johnson was scurrying around First Lutheran Church in Clarion. She was making sure clothing racks were filled, shoes were sorted and food was on the shelves. Johnson was preparing for last Thursday night, when the Clothing Closet officially opened.

The Clothing Closet is a new effort underway at First Lutheran Church. It offers clothing assistance, as well providing some food pantry options and personal hygiene products. Clothing Closet creator Hannah Johnson explains how the “store” works. People can utilize the Closet once a month. Each person will be able to choose up to seven clothing items and one pair of shoes a month, as well as up to five food items and two toothbrushes per person. From infants to adult options, both men and women, there is clothing for all.

Johnson also adds that the Closet will be available for everyone and is very discrete. People are not required to be members of First Lutheran Church or even from Clarion to use it. Johnson said, “We’re hoping to serve the community regardless of faith, language, and income status.” She also emphasizes that people have privacy when they’re using the Clothing Closet. Folks will take a number when they arrive and then get to spend ten minutes in the store area with just a volunteer to make their choices. As people wait for their turn, they can enjoy snacks and water. Johnson notes that she can also speak conversational Spanish and welcomes non-English speakers.

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