In these tough economic times, families are finding it tough just to keep a roof over their heads and their children
fed. Two area churches are helping with a third basic need - keeping clothes on their backs.
Both the Faith Community of the Nazarene and the Durango Christian Church have clothing ministries, gently used clothes
that are free regardless of income or employment situations.
Ours started with one of our small groups trying to reach out to the community," Durango Christian secretary Dana
Foran said. A lot of people in the community have donated as they've learned about it."
Called the Koinonia Closet, which means fellowship or Christian fellowship, in Greek, the church stores clothes in the
basement and hauls them up to the Fellowship Hall on the third Saturday of the month for people to go shopping." The
offerings also include shoes, belts and other accessories.
The ministry started in September 2009, and may take a hiatus over the summer. But the church plans to continue it for
the foreseeable future for those who find even thrift shop prices beyond their means.
Faith Community of the Nazarene has been collecting clothes for two or three years and has a large room dedicated to
We routinely have generous people drop by, giving us great clothes that still have some
use left in them," said Jennifer
Donahue, the church's clothing ministry director.
Our racks are totally full. We have some shoes and some bedding, particularly blankets, too."
Donahue and her committee meet every Wednesday to sort and hang donations. In addition to today's Spring Fling," the
church also holds a popular Back-to-School Saturday" in the fall.
Both ministries accept only gently used clothes, with no stains or holes.