MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Most of us have stuff we just don’t need anymore; perhaps toys or strollers the kids have outgrown, or shoes and shirts we won’t wear again. Someone else may be desperate for those items, though. One group recognized that need within our community, and did something to make it better.
“Threads is an outreach program by Miamisburg Christian Church,” said Jobeth Hopp, Director of Threads Clothing Ministry. “It’s a compassion ministry. We offer clothing, shoes, and coats to people in need.”
“It’s a very big help,” said Deanna Hecht.
She has four kids, which means quadruple the stress and heartache when the budget doesn’t add up.
“They enjoy having new clothes, and right now we can’t provide brand new clothes,” she said. “So, we’re able to come here and they actually feel like they get some new clothes. It makes them happy.”
Threads accepts donations from the public. A couple local second-hand stores also make regular drop-offs.
“We love seeing the look in their eyes when they get really excited,” said Hopp about watching people receive the donations.
Meantime, the clothing ministry is bursting at the seams. It opened two years ago and today serves 200 families a month.
“We started off in one room, one room of this building, and now the entire building,” Hopp said. She said they need a bigger building, especially since the need isn’t slowing down.
“We knew there was a local need,” she said. “We did not realize there was such a great need that people would travel from as far away as they’re traveling; people are coming from Springfield and Cincinnati. So, it’s amazing that it’s that widespread.”
The service is free of charge, but people need to make a reservation. There is no judging here; the volunteers live out the mission to serve.
“A lot of people need help; I need help sometimes myself, we all need help,” smiled one of the volunteers.
“This place is a blessing,” said Hecht.
Threads is in need of adult clothing in sizes large, extra large and 2-X, as well as men’s jeans. If you have a donation, drop it off at the Miamisburg location, or call the church for more information at 937-866-4893.