NORMAN — Lexington First Baptist Church has been helping those in need through their Clothes Closet Ministries for years.
After recent wildfires swept the area earlier this month, donations of clothes for all ages and sizes, shoes, purses, backpacks, toys, household items and more flooded into the church to help those who suffered loss during the fires.
The items are available to anyone and everyone, “even if people have to drive here from Luther,” said Jimmie Landers, founder of Clothes Closet Ministries. The items are set up in the church’s gym which is “literally filled,” she said.
“The ladies (church members) have been working ever since the fires happened,” Landers said.
While the church has an abundance of supplies for the victims, they are asking for donations of clothing racks, to borrow or keep, in order to display the donations.
“We use department store-type racks and we use plastic hangers,” she said.
When they have people in need come to the church, she said they do not want them to feel like second-class citizens. The items donated are sorted through, and unfit items are discarded.
“If I wouldn’t want to wear it, I wouldn’t assume anybody else would want to wear it, either,” Landers said. “We treat everyone with dignity and respect.”
They also don’t put out any items that would misrepresent the church, such as T-shirts that are “risqué,” she said.
They have received donations from members of the church, the Slaughterville First Baptist Church and fire departments serving Maysville, Purcell and Tecumseh. The items will stay at the church for fire victims as long as they are needed, which could be mid-October.
Sharing donations: When the church has an over-abundance of items, Landers said they take them to the Jesus House, which serves the homeless and needy in Oklahoma City. With the recent fire that destroyed the Jesus House warehouse, she said they are planning to donate items to them.