Remember those sweaters you've been meaning to put to better use? Two Macungie women are ready and waiting to help you with that, all while they're helping others.
The Closet of Hope is a Christian organization run out of the on S. Church Street that serves people the area by providing them with used clothing, shoes, house wares, and more for absolutely free.
The organization was founded a little over two years ago by Paulette Krick and Mary Dreisbach, members of Macungie Christian Community, who had a vision of a ministry where they could simultaneously fill a need and shine a light for struggling individuals and families.
“It started in a tiny room and grew from there,” said Dreisbach, noting how she and other volunteers distributed flyers at local churches and shelters and used online resources, like Facebook and Craigslist, to spread the word about the ministry.
The organization quickly expanded as Krick and Dreisbach started receiving more and more donations and the word spread about their ministry, bringing more and more people out with every passing week.
is now held in a large room that houses racks of clothing and other goods, like books and toys, and serves people from as far away as Slatington and Reading.
Shoppers are greeted at the door by volunteers who are available to help them find items and carry bags to their cars. And they can have a cup of hot coffee while they browse.
“It’s about making people feel comfortable, feel loved,” said Dreisbach, explaining that The Closet of Hope is more than just clothing; it’s about making real connections.
As the holidays approach, Dreisbach expects to see more people in need of items, and hopes to see an increase in volunteers and donations as well. “We’re always in need of volunteers,” said Dreisbach, adding that they are looking for local businesses that are willing to put out bins to collect donated goods.
“I would like to see it become a community within a community,” said Dreisbach. “We want it to be a place where people can feel at ease and welcomed no matter where there from.”
If you would like to make a donation or get involved with The Closet of Hope, you can visit their website or stop by Macungie Christian Community. Regular hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon.