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Coworkers realize vision for recycling clothes

By Staff | Jun 8, 2017

Katrina Lutzow and Vanessa Carreon work “four inches from each other every day,” Lutzow said.

The pair serves as home visitors for Head Start families through Upper Des Moines Opportunity. In the course of visiting families in their homes, Lutzow and Carreon saw the need for a clothing pantry.

Lutzow visited her pastor, David Hovinga of Calvary Gospel Assembly. Hovinga invited her to present to the church elders, and from there the space in the church basement at 21 8th St. North opened up for the first and third Mondays of each month.

“It’s great, but right now we have to bring all the items out of storage for the hour we’re open and put them all away again when we’re finished,” Lutzow said.

It’s a task that can be cumbersome with hundreds of clothing items ranging from newborn to plus sized adults, coats to hang, and household goods besides.

Anyone is welcome to take clothing items they need and drop off any gently used items they’re no longer wearing during the 6:30-7:30 p.m. hour on those Mondays.

The Closet is closed July 3 for the Independence Day holiday, because Lutzow and Carreon will both be out of town.

For more information, the Calvary Gospel Church office will take calls at 362-3297.