Tribune-Courier features editor
Hardin Baptist Church has opened a new set of doors for families in need by transforming a once vacant building into a clothing closet. Threads of Hope is available to families who find it difficult to provide the basic necessities because of budget limitations.
“We wanted to reach people with a need,” Audra Napp, lead volunteer, said as she explained the ministry of the new clothing closet.
The idea came from a church in Owensboro. “The building was empty in June and we’ve all been brainstorming. Late in July we finally decided what to do with it,” Napp added.
Threads of Hope is a place where families can acquire clothing and accessories at no charge. It is located near the old Hardin Baptist Church on College Street. Once completing a registration form, parents may shop for themselves and members of their family, while children can entertain themselves in the nearby Hardin Baptist Youth Center.
“We’re very thankful that everything in the building has been donated. Not just the clothes, but the racks and hangers too,” Napp said.
The church’s Youth Mondays Ministries program focused most of Aug. preparing the building and getting items ready for their opening in early Sept.
“We only reached out to a few people and South Marshall Schools,” Napp said, “We needed to test it out and the turnout has been awesome.”
The closet helped over twenty families on its first day and stayed busy with activity. Threads of Hope will be open seasonally and is always accepting donations. Their next opening will be during the church’s trunk-or-treat event and will be providing winter clothing and accessories. December 1 the closet will be open providing winter clothes, including coats and jackets for all ages.
Threads of Hope has clothing for men, women, infants, children and teens. They strive to reach anybody and everybody. A clothing box is located outside the building for donations. They are located at the intersection of College and 3rd St. in Hardin.