Clarendon Coat Closet hoping for continued success

After a successful inaugural year, it’s time to warm up for this coming winter.

The second Annual Clarendon Coat Closet at Trinity United Methodist Church is ready to give again this season.

After a busy first year for the ministry, Jim Houghtling said the program is looking forward to continued success.

“We had a very successful year last year,” he said. “We’re very excited for this year.”

The ministry aims to provide school-age and younger children with protection against the cold that includes more than just coats.

“We even have hats, and mittens and scarves,” Kay Jones said.

Jones and Houghtling are part of a committee behind the project, which is backed by Trinity United Methodist, but is independent of the church.

“The church truly is enthused about it,” Houghtling said.

The program is open to all school-age children and extends to the area around Clarendon.

“It’s not just Clarendon,” Houghtling said. “We’re reaching out of town a bit.”

The actual give-away event is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 and children can come and look through the items still available then. Houghtling recommended calling ahead.

“That way we can basically reserve that coat for your child,” he noted.

Houghtling said calls should be directed to 723-5435 and messages should include your name and phone number, and the coat size and sex of the child.

Calls will be accepted until Sept. 27.

If someone in need is interested but cannot make it to the church, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be left out in the cold.

“If you can’t come that day, call and we’ll make arrangements,” Houghtling said.