The Burwell Clothing Closet Expands Its Services!
The Clothing Closet located at the First Christian Church in Burwell is expanding its services to those who would like to utilize the clothing closet but cannot travel or would simply like a new outfit picked out for you and delivered to your door.
The needs from community members that wanted to utilize the Clothing Closet but were asking for additional help, gave Burwell Jr. Sr. High School student, Hallee Mann whom has been volunteering at the Burwell Clothing Closet, the idea to expand its services. You can reach Halle by calling Kathy Mann, Clothing Closet Coordinator, at 308-214-0798 to place an order and to discuss your clothing needs. Hallee will shop the Clothing Closet for you to find just what you want. Kathy and Halle will deliver clothing to you and they will return items that you don’t want to keep or that you wish to donate to the Clothing Closet.
Hallee is excited about her idea to expand the services of the Burwell Clothing Closet and is eager to assist you in shopping for all adult and children sizes. Halle wants to remind community members that the Clothing Closet is always in need of volunteers to assist with stocking the racks and shelves. The Burwell Clothing Closet is open to the public on the last Friday of the month between 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Toss Box Mission Project
By Lawrence Johnson
What: Speed the Light Toss Box.
Where: At the northeast corner of the square in Burwell.
When: The door is always open.
Why: To collect donated clothing and shoes.
Who: The Burwell Assemblies of God Youth Ministry project.
Ever wondered where your donations to the toss box go?
Recently Toby Schneckloth, the Nebraska Youth Minister of the Assemblies of God church was in Burwell to load donations made to the Toss Box. Schneckloth said, “Everything gets used. All the donations go to the Peoples City Mission in Lincoln and go into three categories. The best clothes and shoes are made available to the homeless, the next cut goes to third world countries and the least usable go to industrial firms where they are processed into other products.” The products going to the industrial markets are sold with the funds going to the church’s mission projects. Each semi trailer load usually brings in about $3,000. The total amount allocated from the Burwell church in 2016 was $1,125, in January 2016 alone, $610 was raised for Speed the Light.
According to Dave Busch, Burwell Assembly church pastor, he and his family empty the Toss Box monthly and usually at least twice monthly during the winter. A box in Sargent is also available for residents in that area and Busch stated that donors there are very generous too. “The Community Clothing Closet housed in the First Christian Church in Burwell is also a frequent contributor to the Toss Box,” Busch said.
Youth groups from Ord, Spencer, O’Neill, and Butte, also helped load the trailer and brought donations from their respective areas. It wasn’t all work, Schneckloth used a power point and informed the group about how the money raised through the Toss Boxes goes to benefit the church’s mission projects and challenged the youth to give financially but especially of their time and talent to benefit God’s work. Inflatable balls with room for a person inside were popular entertainment followed by a pizza party to finish out the Sunday afternoon.
The Assemblies of God has ninety churches throughout Nebraska with a Church Camp, Conference, and Resource Center at Lexington NE.
The “Toss Box” is used for an easy donation drop off for unwanted clothes and shoes.
Clothing Closet Bursting at the Seams
The Clothing Closet located at the First Christian Church in Burwell at 817 J St. is bursting at the seams with clothing and shoes. The Clothing Closet is planning to be open during the City-Wide Garage Sales held in Burwell on Friday, June 26, 2015, during the special hours from 8:00 – 12:00 a.m. The Clothing Closet is full of many clothing items ranging from newborn sizes to XXL for both men and women. There is also a large selection of shoes, purses, maternity clothing, scrubs, and much, much more. All items are free to the public.
The Clothing Closet is a free service provided to the public by the First Christian Church and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful in Burwell and is designed to help those in need, and keep clothing and accessories out of landfills. Due to the many clothing/shoe donations by people in the surrounding area, the Clothing Closet will be open during special hours on Friday, June 26, 2015, from 8:00-12:00 a.m. of the City-Wide Garage Sales. Everyone is welcome to shop at the Clothing Closet during this special event.
Clothing that does not leave the Clothing Closet goes to various missions. If you are aware of any mission that can use free clothing, please call Kathy Mann at 308-214-0798 or Renee Sikes at 308-870-1560. The Clothing Closet wishes to thank everyone for their donations. Monetary donations may also be made to help defray expenses for the First Christian Church to operate the Clothing Closet.
Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification. KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska. For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at [email protected], visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook. Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska.