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Mattydale church opens clothing closet for those in need

Alicia Wood shows off some of the wares available at Easter Morning, the clothing closet located in the basement of Calvary United Methodist Church in Mattydale.  The clothes are available for free to anyone in need in the community.

Alicia Wood shows off some of the wares available at Easter Morning, the clothing closet located in the basement of Calvary United Methodist Church in Mattydale. The clothes are available for free to anyone in need in the community. Photo by Sarah Hall.

— When Alicia Wood and other members of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Mattydale sat down and looked at the demographics of the community, they were surprised to see how many young families lived in the area.

“I thought it was an elderly community, but it’s not.,” Wood said. “There are a lot of ground-level families just starting out.”

Wood said many of those families are fighting to make ends meet.

“We feel like in Mattydale, we have a lot of working families that are still struggling,” she said. “Sometimes clothes or winter boots or winter coats are the last thing you can afford.”

Easter Morning Clothing Closet

Store hours

6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Located in the lower level of Calvary United Methodist Church, 201 East Molloy Road, Mattydale

Parking and entrance are on Mitchell Road

That’s how Wood came up with the idea of Easter Morning, the clothing closet located in the basement of the church at the corner of Molloy and Mitchell roads in Mattydale. The organization offers clothes for infants, kids, teens, women and men, all free of charge, to anyone in the community.

The project came to be over the summer, when Wood and other members of the church started thinking of ways to help the community.

“This seemed to be the most doable and tangible, so we went with it,” she said.

Wood said other area churches had food pantries, and Calvary wanted to do something different to address a different need.

“St. Margaret’s has a food pantry,” she said. “We’re kind of touching base with them. We want to let them know we’re here. We’ve talked to them once, but we just want to remind them. And we actually have a food pantry basket there, and we’ll take donations to St. Margaret’s. Unless someone comes in and needs food for that night, of course, we’ll give them that. But we felt like the food was taken care of with St. Margaret’s.”

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