Heritage Hills Baptist Church located on Ga. Highway 212 now opens its doors the second Wednesday of each month for a clothes closet for at-need residents. Pictured here are, from left, church members and clothes closet volunteers Lydia Pruitt, Susan Martin, Debi Lovall, Pat Johnson, Georgia Coffey and Kay Hardy. (Special photo)
CONYERS — The Bible says God will bless those who feed the hungry and clothe the needy, and Heritage Hills Baptist Church has answered that call.
Once a month, the church opens its doors to those who need clothes or shoes for themselves or their children.
“We started our clothes closet a couple of years ago and we were opening one Saturday each quarter in our gym,” said church member and clothes closet coordinator Debi Lovall. “We felt a need in the community that people were needing clothes more often.”
As a result, Heritage Hills decided to dedicate a room in the church so that the clothes closet can be open the second Wednesday of every month.
Lovall said anywhere between 60 and 100 families would come to the quarterly clothes closet, but nearly 50 families showed up on Aug. 20, the first day of the new schedule.
Donations for the clothes closet come from church members and people in the community who have learned of the church’s ministry. Lovall said that many consigners with the Tykes, Tots and Teens Consignment Sale that is held twice a year at the Georgia International Horse Park will often donate items that did not sell during their sale.
“It starts with the church family and just keeps going,” she said.
Lovall said the Heritage Hills clothes closet accepts all sizes of clothes, from infants to plus sizes, but will not take used underclothing or bathing suits. Volunteers sort through the donations and place the items on hangers or fold them and place them on shelves.
“We just ask that the clothes are in decent shape and clean,” she said.
Lovall said they need any and all clothing items, but the biggest need right now is children’s sizes 6 and 6X and boys’ clothes of all sizes.
All the items in the clothes closet are free to those who come, and while no one will be asked to show proof of their need, Lovall said the clothes closet is meant for those who are struggling financially.
“We limit the amount of clothes given away to two items per family member. We do this for those who are at the greatest need,” she said.
To that end, Lovall said she takes flyers to area day care centers, principals at the elementary schools and the Department of Family and Children’s Services to advise that the clothes closet is there for their families.
The Heritage Hills clothes closet will next be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10. In December, the church will also host a clothing and toy giveaway.
Heritage Hills Baptist Church is located at 2987 Ga. Highway 212 and the phone number is 770-922-2027.