Donna Skorheim chuckled as she recalled one of her favorite stories — a story about a pair of gloves.
Volunteers meet under an overpass in North Tyler every Saturday morning in conjunction with another ministry that provides food, Hunger for Love.
While Skorheim views the project as an interdenominational endeavor involving several other churches, volunteers and donors, the idea was started at Faith Community.
“We were just looking for a way to help those who need a little encouragement,” he said.
He approached the organizers of Hunger for Love to ask how they could partner with the ministry and took their suggestion to provide necessities other than food.
Jesus’ Closet takes their inspiration from a Scripture in Matthew 25, “I needed clothes and you clothed me … Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
The ministry accepts donations of clothes (organizers say they’re in need of men’s shoes), toiletries (many people have started bringing back shampoo and soaps from hotel stays), and monetary donations. The budget is run by the church and kept in a separate account, Skorheim said.
“Every week, we say, ‘Jesus wants you to have this, this is coming to you from Jesus,” Mrs. Skorheim said. “We just want it to be done in Jesus’ name.”
“I just walked up to her and was crying,” she said. “I said, ‘This is from Jesus, why would you try to take that?’”
But, for the most part, the volunteers enjoy the help they can give.
“They’re so grateful and excited,” Mrs. Skorheim said. “When was the last time you were happy about a pair of gloves?”