South Memphis residents will have the chance to fill their closets with new clothes for free this Saturday.
Calvary Longview United Methodist Church is launching its Clothes Closet initiative. Jeans, suits, and work attire will be available at no charge to both men and women (ladies will also have dresses to choose from). Kids can get new school uniforms for free, along with some of the aforementioned clothing options.
The Clothes Closet event will coincide with the church’s fifth “Annual Harvest Day,” which provides South Memphians with free food, games, gift bags, and live entertainment from gospel rap artists and youth groups. The festivities will take place October 26th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We’re not targeting homeless people. We’re targeting everyday people,” said Clayette Hill, the event’s coordinator. “Even though people have jobs, they may not have the extra money to buy clothes, so we’re hoping that they can come to our Clothes Closet and benefit from it. We want them to come out and have a good time at no charge.”
Hill said Annual Harvest Day was primarily created to provide South Memphis youth with an outlet to do something both productive and fun. At this year’s Harvest Day, parents will be able to sign their children up for Tae Kwon Do, music lessons, sports programs, and more.
“We wanted to do something for the children in the community,” Hill said. “A lot of children don’t have access to curricular activities right now. The city has really cut back on a lot of programs, so we hope that this event will be something that children can come out and enjoy.”
Hill estimates that around 100 people attend Annual Harvest Day each year; they hope to double that number this year.
Although everything will be available for free at the festival, Hill encourages those who want to take advantage of the Clothes Closet to bring their own shopping bags in case the church runs out.
Calvary Longview United Methodist Church is located at 2041 S. Lauderdale St. For more information on the church's Clothes Closet or Annual Harvest Day, call 901-948-1457.