Shoppers do not need to be referred or qualified in advance, and clothing is available to “anyone who needs it."
VICTOR — The doors are open at Victor’s new Clothes Closet, created to serve families and individuals in need of free clothing.
Operating in cooperation with the Farmington-based Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard, the Clothes Closet is spearheaded by Victor resident Karen Hansen. The new shop is open at Victor United Methodist Church on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.
Shoppers do not need to be referred or qualified in advance, and clothing is available to “anyone who needs it,” Hansen said.
“I can only give away what I get, so I’m hoping people in the community will keep bringing stuff to me throughout the year,” she said. “Goodwill and Salvation Army are great, but people have to buy those clothes, and if you don’t have money ... If I had $5 to spend, I’d buy milk bread and cereal.”
Hansen and about 25 to 30 volunteers from area churches and the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard are already on board to help receive and sort clothing at the shop, which opened Feb. 7. The group will take a few weeks to “see what’s going on” and then expand their hours as needed, Hansen said.
Donations, which continue to be sought, may be packaged in a bag clearly labeled Clothes Closet and left at the back door of the Victor United Methodist Church, 106 East Main St.
Items volunteers hope to receive include new and gently used adult and children’s clothes, socks, t-shirts, bras, coats, boots, shoes, hats, and gloves and new adult and children’s underwear. Donations of toiletries, diapers, and sanitary supplies are also appreciated.
About 30 bags of clothes have already been distributed to families since the Clothes Closet opened, Hansen said.
And on March 8 from 5-8 p.m. four beauty school instructors will be on hand to give free haircuts for men, women and children, she said.
“You never, ever know,” Hansen said. “So many people are living in cars whose kids go to Victor schools. You can’t look at someone and know what’s going on.”
For more information about the Clothes Closet, call 585-703-7421 or 585-398-7995 and leave a message.