I have three kids and pretty much since birth, I’ve dressed them in hand-me-downs from friends, neighbors and families. It’s always just made sense to me – if I have something extra and my neighbor needs it, I gladly pass it on and vice versa.
Mercy Closet is a natural progression of this understanding. It’s a clothing resource center that is taking shape in the basement of Mercy Commons Church.
Mercy Closet has grown out of a desire to connect the abundance that exists in the community to the need that also is present. Neighbors taking care of neighbors because we can. And because it’s good.
We will run off of donations from the community and be a place where kids – identified by social workers, nurses and other staff within the Edina School district – can come shop for free in a nice environment and leave with a bag full of clothes, in their size, that meets their needs and makes them feel good. We will also serve foster families, who do amazing work.
Shopping will be by appointment only. If we find ourselves with more than we need, we’ll figure out other groups to connect with and share our resources.
We already have a basement full of donated clothes and have had quite a few ladies from the community volunteer to help sort. Hopefully our permanent racks will arrive soon and we can open up by the end of August.
I can’t wait to see how this resource is used and how it will bless the community!
Keep up-to-date with Mercy Closet volunteer opportunities at facebook.com/mercyclosetmpls. If you’d like to help out, we are always accepting donations of high-quality children’s clothes for ages 0 to 18. If you’re interested in helping sort clothes, you can reach out to Megan through a private message on the Mercy Closet Facebook page. We are so grateful for all of the donations and volunteer help we have received!