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Church Wants to Clothe Community

Posted October 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— This morning, most of us woke up to the coldest day so far this season. While many of us just pulled jackets from the closet, some people were forced to go without, but a church in Wilson hopes to change that by giving clothes to everyone who needs them, and they're asking nothing in return.

Church member Jean Sinor says anyone who is in need is welcome to come in.

Raleigh Road Baptist Church is sending away more clothes this week than many small stores, but not a single penny is changing hands. The merchandise comes from church members who clean out their closets twice a year just for this event.

Mannette Craft goes there to swap clothes that her three kids have outgrown for some cool season items that will fit them.

The church opened the exchange to the public three years ago. In spite of increased demand, this year's supply is the largest ever.

As the exchange grows, word is getting around here in Wilson that free clothes are available. Church members say that word-of-mouth advertising gives them the best shot at getting help to the people who need it. Sinor says members of her church think there is more to religion than praying.

Church members want everyone in Wilson to know that warm clothes are free for the asking, as the cool winds of autumn blow in. The clothing exchange opens to the public at 7 a.m. this Saturday. It's located in the front lobby of Raleigh Road Baptist Church in Wilson.