What is Katie’s Closet and who is Katie?
Katie’s full name was Katherine von Bora, and she was the wife of Martin Luther. She was well known for her hospitality, and her generous work with those in the community who were in need.
Katie’s Closet is a community outreach ministry of Zion Lutheran Church, and is an outlet for those who wish to share their abundance with others who are in need. Clothing is distributed free of charge, and is intended for personal use rather than for resale.
Hours of operation are 9:00 – 11:00 am and 5:00 – 7:00 pm each Monday, except for major holidays.
What can I donate?
- Items that are clean and in good condition may be donated.
- All types of clothing are accepted, including shoes and belts.
- Clothing for all sizes and age groups are accepted.
- Infant & children’s clothing and shoes, especially winter coats, are always needed.
- Adult sizes extra large and up are particularly needed.
- Men’s underwear and socks are always needed.
- Bed linens, blankets, towels (bath, hand & dish) and wash cloths are accepted.
We are NOT able to accept household items such as appliances or furniture!
Where and when can I deliver items?
Donations may be delivered to Zion Lutheran Church at the corner of South Sixth and Church Streets, using the glass entrance door on the Church Street side of the building.
Donations are accepted Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Please come to the church office if you need assistance carrying your donation, and help will be provided as available. If you are unable to come during regular hours, please call the office to make other arrangements. Donation forms are available for tax purposes.
How does Katie’s Closet operate?
Katie’s Closet is strictly a volunteer operation. The clothing is sorted and seasonal items are put out for selection each week. Off-season items are placed in storage. As new items arrive, they are sorted and added to the selections.
Items not selected after a period of time may be removed and forwarded to other used clothing operations in the greater Indiana County area. We also forward some items to agencies in need of particular clothing for their clients: Alice Paul House and Attire to Aspire, for example. In addition, we work to keep any unusable textiles from going to the land fill by sending them to an agency that will shred them for other uses.
How can I help?
There are a number of things you can do such as:
- Pray for us and this ministry.
- Make a donation of items listed above.
- Volunteer to sort, store and display inventory.
- Volunteer to assist clients in finding appropriate items, bagging, or carrying selections.
- Volunteer to help with inventory “clean-up” after closing time.
- Volunteer to help with seasonal change-over of inventory.