Butler County neighbors pay for it in multiple ways – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Shopping for stylish new clothes and accessories is something many of us can take for granted.
Two friends saw a need in their community and decided to fill that need by filling a church annex with thousands of items of clothing donated by generous neighbors.
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Hope’s Closet is a free community store that started in the home of Lisa Bowers, but now she and her partner Erin Makowski call Zelienople’s First English Lutheran Church. Families and people in difficulty can come and pick up what they need, no questions asked. It has grown since its inception in December.
“We got to Butler, Elwood City, we got people from Bessemer,” Bowers said. “So it’s not just in that area. … Anyone and everyone is welcome.
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Makowski added, “We see a lot of moms coming in who have left difficult situations where they struggle to dress their children. And their older kids who want to fit in and have nicer clothes, so we’ve had moms come in crying and telling us what a blessing we’ve been to them. “
Hope’s Closet is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Donations are also accepted during these times. The church also hosts a free community dinner every second Saturday.
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