Lydia's CLothing Closet
Helping Van Buren Families Get Ready for "Back to School"
Our Closet Staff have been busy sorting donations for the Back to School Giveaway, and we have a LOT of very nice clothes for children and teens who are heading back to school this Fall. We are giving them all away!
Saturday 21st August is the date, between 9am and 1pm. Bring a bag if you can.
At Lydia’s Closet, we provide free clothing to people in need. Professional wear, maternity, men’s, women’s and children’s items available. If we don’t have the size you require, take a “raincheck” and we will do our best to appeal to the community for what you ask for. Our friendly volunteers will help you choose from our shelves and clothes racks.
What to Expect When Visiting Lydia's Closet
We are now open three mornings a week. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Currently due to the COVID pandemic we are respectfully asking that guests would wear a mask while inside the closet. I you do not have a mask we can provide a one-time use paper mask.
If you would prefer not to visit, but you are in need, we invite you to call the office to give us a list of your requirements. Our volunteers will pick out the items from what we have available and get them ready for you. We will then contact you to arrange a convenient time for you to collect.
Mondays 10am- 1pm*
Wednesdays 10am- Noon*
*Please note last entry 20 minutes before closing time
Our Closet Manager, Sheryl, receiving a donation of new underwear and socks from one of our local church partners
If you do not wish to visit in person, our volunteers love to pick out outfits for you to collect when ready
In 2019, we helped 2,248 people giving away 8211 items (that we recorded).
Between October 2019 and February 2020 we gave away 856 donated coats, through our Operation Warmup. Many thanks to everyone.
*In 2020 we moved to the locker room behind the gymnasium as we needed more space!
**Twice yearly we have a Great Big Giveaway!
Check our Facebook Page as we often update what specific items we are requesting.
Lydia's Clothing Closet is named after Lydia in the book of Acts in the Bible.
She was a Fashion Designer in that day!
Acts 16:14-16 tells her story…
“On the Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, God gave her a trusting heart—and she believed!” (the Message Version)
Replacing a client's worn-out, broken shoes with some athletic shoes from the clothing closet
Our Lord, you are King!
Majesty and power
are your royal robes.
You put the world in place,
and it will never be moved. (CEV)