Community Closet seeks to help those in need

The Community Closet, in Sharon, offers clothing of various sizes to residents in need of support. It’s in the Old Bell Tower Church on Baldwin Street and opened last September. (Penny Gruetzmacher photo)

The Community Closet at The Old Bell Tower Church, 225 Baldwin St., Sharon, has served residents in need since it first opened last September.

The Community Closet, according to church officials, is run by group of five volunteers who are church members or attend a weekly bible study.

Officials said The Community Closet is located in the basement of church, which is handicap accessible, has a food pantry, clothing of all sizes, kitchen and household items, paper goods as well as cleaning supplies.

Church officials said the items are donated or purchased from community donations.

The Community Closet, however, continues to accept items, but some products such as refrigerated items like eggs, cheese and orange juice along with toilet paper, laundry detergent and paper towels are most in need.

Additional items accepted include clothing, books, toys, baby items, among many other products.

Baby items consist of products such as formula, diapers, baby wipes, clothing of all sizes.

Books include titles for children as well as some offering tips about childcare.

When asked about the mission and why they opened The Community Closet, officials simply said it simply serves as another community resource, noting it is critically important to help residents in need.

“Our wish is to be a light shining for Jesus in the wonderful community of Sharon,” officials said. “So many people have so many needs in the world we live in; our desire is to be used of God to meet as many needs as we possibly can.”

The Community Closet, meanwhile, is open from 9 a.m. until noon Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Community members looking to donate, or seeking further information, can contact the church office at 262-736-4139.

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