If raising a child is indeed the role of a village, then God’s Closet is hoping to man the wardrobe at its core.
Based in Charlestown, the group that collects and distributes children’s clothes for those in need, will soon host its first community Free Shop Day.
Together with her team of helpers, organiser Natalie King says the event will be about more than wrapping kids in clothing.
“We often say it takes a village to raise a child, but in this society where’s your village?, “ she asks.
“There are a lot of people who have either moved away from their natural village or have never been a part of one.
“If we help create even the start of a small village that helps someone in such a small way like helping with clothes for their kids, that’d be amazing.
“Essentially it’s about families helping families.”
The God’s Closet volunteers are all mothers themselves, Ms King says, meaning they understand firsthand the cost of clothing for children.
“We’re not here to make money, we’re not here for any other purpose than to help families help each other,” she said.
“Hand-me-downs are a big part of our family, we get hand-me-downs from two different places.
“There are a lot of people out there who don’t have access to hand-me-downs so in a way this is a big hand-me-down circle.”
God’s Closet is a community service non-profit ministry accepting donations of gently-used and new children’s clothing from newborn to size 18.
One day per quarter the group will open its doors for parents and guardians of children to ‘shop’ donated clothing free of charge, for a $1 admission fee.
“This makes us a community group and a community service,” Ms King said.
God’s Closet is a concept that started in America ten years ago.
It is an Adventist Community Services ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
“You don’t have to be able to contribute to be a part of it and you don’t have to belong to the church to join in, this is a supportive way for us all to help each other,” Ms King said.
“The ways people can get involved is either by donating, volunteering or shopping.”
God’s Closet is based at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church hall on Dickinson Street, Charlestown.
The group runs a playgroup every Tuesday and Thursday in which they accept donations, as well as each weekend within the church.
They will also collect from donors within the area.
The first of its Free Shop Days is yet to be announced although organisers are planning a spring event.
For more information contact the group via Facebook.