Faith United Methodist Church held the ribbon cutting Sunday for its new Kids Kloset. Just in time for the new Knox County school year. Kids’ Kloset is a new mission to provide the neediest children in North Knoxville with the new clothes and school supplies they need, but cannot afford. Located at the church, local children and their families can visit the Kids Kloset and receive clothing and school supplies at no cost.
The idea for the program came when FUMC children and youth leaders, Bryan and Vicki Easterday, realized the vast amount of children in the surrounding area who need help. Upon the realization that schools down the street have 87 percent of students on free or reduced lunch, many of those children also struggle to get clothing and school supplies. Faith UMC is here to help meet these needs.
The Kids’ Kloset was built entirely on donated materials. Donors included Tindell’s Builders, B & B Builders, Conner Siding, 84 Lumber and Prestige Cleaners. Jason Baker, church member and owner of B & B Builders built the structure free of charge.
The church has been overwhelmed by donations from the community to help fill the Kids Kloset. We have clothing for children 0 – high school ages, shoes, back packs and school supplies. We are thankful for the donations and will be looking forward to the community continuing to donate to the Kids’ Kloset.
Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith was in attendance at Sunday’s ribbon cutting, and says the program is going to make a huge difference in the district.
The first day the children and their families can visit the Kids Kloset is Saturday, August 2 from 9 am until noon.
After that, it will be open the third Saturday of every month from 9 am until noon, and the first Wednesday of every month from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.