We’ve previously shared information about Threads of Miami Valley, a free clothing resource in Miamisburg for adults and children.
The boutique is open by appointment and offers clothing options for all sizes and ages. There are no residency or income requirements. During an appointment, individuals may shop for themselves, their children and often for other family members.
The project began in 2011 as a church ministry at Miamisburg Christian Church. “Originally conceived as a once a year, mass giveaway of clothing, we recognized that there needed to be a more consistent and organized response to the needs we saw in the community,” says JoBeth Hopp, founder and executive director. “In 2016 we launched as a separate non-profit and now have great relationships with many churches and businesses. We now offer approximately 100 appointments a week.”
Hopp has always had a heart for serving others. “I get to see immediate impact when families receive clothing or shoes,” she says. “Often these people may only have the clothes they are wearing when they come to us, so they are super excited when they walk out with bags of clothes! I also love our family of volunteers. We have over 100 volunteers that work monthly and they are very supportive of each other and our mission.”
According to Hopp, a new client survey puts the majority of Threads clients between the ages of 35-49 with 60 percent looking for clothing for their children as well. “You all have no idea how much this helps me and my kids!” wrote Alisssa, a recent client. “I appreciate your kindness. Every time I come, everyone is so nice!”
Hopp says because of amazing community support and partnerships, the organization is looking to expand its offering of towels, hygiene products and diapers. “The need for assistance is at an all-time high so we are excited to be able to help with these items. We would like to add additional appointment times and are looking to increase volunteers and donations in order to make that happen.”
Here’s what they need:
- Gently-used girls winter clothing size 5T and up
- Gently-used boys 18/20 clothing
- Belts for adults
- New underwear for children and adults
- New socks for children and adults
- Unopened toiletry items
- Sheet sets (can be gently-used)
- Towels, wash clothes. (Gently-used is accepted)
- New feminine hygiene products
- Winter gloves for men
Donations can be dropped off from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Threads is located at 33 Lawrence Ave., Miamisburg, Ohio. Donors are invited to pull up to the back door and volunteers will help unload. All donations are tax-deductible.
Other ways to help:
Financial donations are always appreciated and help to purchase new items such as underwear. Those donations can be securely made through the website threadsoutreach.org or mailed to Threads of Miami Valley, PO Box 772, Miamisburg, Ohio 45343-9998.
Volunteers can assist with sorting and organizing donations and assisting clients. “We encourage consistent volunteering to stay familiar with our process, so at least once a month for 2-3 hours,” says Hopp. “Many volunteers come weekly.” Potential volunteers can email email@example.com.
Want to shop at the boutique?
Clients are asked to bring a picture ID with them at check-in for their appointment. Appointments can be made by messaging through Facebook at Threads of Miami Valley, online at threadsoutreach.org or by calling 937-503-2841, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
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