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It’s a daunting task, but teams of dedicated volunteers at Dunbar First Baptist Church are sorting and tagging hundreds of clothing items and some household goods for the church’s semiannual Clothes Closet.

The spring version of the Clothes Closet, which offers free clothing to anyone in need, is Saturday, April 14th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church, Meyers Avenue and 16th Street.

“Work parties” have been gathering on Wednesday evenings leading up to the event to get the donated items ready, said Beth Lipscomb, who, with her husband, Virgil, are helping to organize the Clothes Closet.

The clothing giveaways grew out of a Sunday school class. It is now a church-wide event.

“We have these events twice a year, in the spring and in the fall,” Lipscomb said. “The church has done it for about four or five years.”

Judging by the number of people who show up every year, the Clothes Closet events are meeting a need in the community.

“We helped about 75 families the last time,” Lipscomb said.

Clara Sullivan, left, and Brenda Keeling sort and arrange children’s clothing at Dunbar First Baptist Church. The church is having its spring Clothes Closet on April 14th. Clothing will be free to anyone who needs it.

The Clothes Closet is open to anyone, regardless of where they live. Dunbar residency is not required.

Clothing for men, women, youth and children will be available.

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