A few months before a friend’s house was destroyed in a fire, Tammy Spicer had made a significant donation of items to a large chain thrift store. When she went back to them to see if they would donate anything for her friend, they declined, leading Spicer to start Mom’s Clothes Closet nearly three years ago.
Although Spicer was able to get donations for her friend from the Hospital Thrift Store in Elkin and the Salvation Army in Mount Airy, she saw a need for something a little different. Spicer said she prayed, “Lord, what can I do? I’m just a poor old girl working week to week, pay check to pay check. Within two or three months, God gave me Mom’s Clothes Closet.”
Until two months ago, Spicer had been running Mom’s out of her home, however she recently was able to open a small location due to a donated site next to the State Road Grocery. Owner Adam Elshief said he contributed the space because Spicer is “a good woman,” and he wanted to support her efforts to improve the lives of others.
In addition to accepting items that are dropped off, Spicer and volunteers such as Sandra Eldridge will come pick up contributions of dishes and housewares, books, toys, bedding and furniture as well as shoes, clothing and winter wear. “We have everything from infants through 5X,” explained Spicer, who also has a Give A Hand pantry at her location.
“We were only going to do five Thanksgiving baskets. We were able to do 15 with people through the community. Wasn’t that a blessing?” exalted Spicer, who also does backpacks when school starts and Easter baskets. “We had a goal of 25, we did 45,” said Spicer.
Mom’s Clothes Closet in State Road will be able to provide Christmas for 33 children in need while the Cana, Virginia, location plans to help 17 kids due to sponsors.
Mom’s Clothes Closet provides items to anyone with a need. Spicer explained, “We have people who come because of house fires, homeless. We had people who came from The Ark. We’re in the Tri-C Ministries; they tell people to come over here. Surry and Wilkes health departments, too.”
One recipient of aid from Mom’s Clothes Closet who wished to remain anonymous said, “Everything in our house came from her and her donations. She’s just a sweet lady. She was a blessing when no one else would help me (after losing her home in a fire).”
Although there is a jar for financial donations, Spicer does not ask anyone for money for the items she provides, just to bring a pillowcase to fill with items. Any monetary contributions are used for fuel to pick up items in Wilkes, Surry and Yadkin counties as well as Carroll County in Virginia, where her cousin has a second Mom’s Clothes Closet location.
The State Road location of Mom’s Clothes Closet is open Mondays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. due to Spicer’s full-time schedule as a CNA for Haven Home Care out of North Wilkesboro. Spicer also does a significant amount of networking through her Facebook group by the same name.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.