Kumler Outreach Ministries’ clothing ministry fills the gap for people trying to stretch their budgets. Stocked entirely by donations, the clothing ministry includes adult and children’s clothes, shoes, books, magazines and household items.
Depending on the time of year and the kind of donations received, there may also be seasonal items, such as Christmas trees and ornaments, children’s toys and games or warm blankets for winter.
Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, the clothing ministry is organized and staffed by volunteers who help people find what they need and answer their questions.
Personal hygiene items are available Wednesdays and Thursdays and may include shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Availability varies as all are donations to Kumler Outreach Ministries and not part of the budget.
The clothing ministry also tries to keep on hand “fire kits” to help victims of fire get back on their feet. The kits can include towels, sheets, dishes, pots and pans and other necessary household items.
Donations to the clothing ministry are greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Outreach Center, 303 N. Grand Ave. East, Springfield, Illinois, Monday through Friday, preferably between 9 a.m. and noon.
Imagine a mother ready to take a newborn home from the hospital with no blankets, no sleepers, no bottles – none of the basics.
That’s where Kumler Outreach Ministries steps in and reaches out to new mothers in need, providing a layette.
Everything in the layette is new, and each layette includes four blankets (a quilt, receiving blanket, “warm and fuzzy” blanket and a hand-knit or crocheted blanket), three sleepers, three onesies, a stuffed animal and diapers (newborn). Other additional items may include booties, sweaters (depending on the season), crib sheets, hooded bathing towels, bibs, newborn hats, socks and shoes. Upon request and when available, baby shampoo, baby lotion, powder and wipes may also be provided.
Sizes for items in the layettes are 0-3 months and 3-6 months.
The new mother may pick up the layette after the baby is born, and she must have a referral from a medical professional or a social worker at the hospital.
Donations of layette items are always welcome and make a great group project.
Recognizing how expensive diapers can be, Kumler Outreach Ministries has diapers upon request through its clothing ministry.
To receive diapers, a person must have a valid medical card for the child needing the diapers.
The availability of diapers varies depending on donations, so Kumler Outreach Ministries welcomes donations and encourages diaper drives, particularly for larger sizes (fours, fives and sixes).