City Mission continues efforts to clothe needy

Published 11:29 am Friday, September 19, 2008

The mission of one city organization is to make sure everyone has proper clothing.

The City Welfare Mission located at 710 N. 5th St. will be giving clothes to those in need Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. until noon.

“With the cost of everything going up, finances like they are and the scarceness of jobs, it’s good to know you can get clothes, household items, shoes and odds and ends,” Jeff Cremeans, the director of the city mission, said. “For people with kids in school, it helps to know they can get clean clothes.”

Email newsletter signup

Cremeans said everyone from everywhere is welcome to receive clothes because the mission gets a lot of donations considering Goodwill Industries closed in Ironton.

He said the giveaway is the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 8:45 until noon and proof of income is not necessary, but families are only allowed to participate once a month.

“If they are coming here, they must need it then,” Cremeans said.

The mission has been having the giveaways for more than 60 years, serving approximately 150 families each month and it has been made possible through donations from community members, he said.

December is the only month the clothing giveaway does not take place because the mission does a toy drive.

The mission also provides a free meal Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and no information must be presented.

“Come in and get a plate,” Cremeans said. “The cooks will fill it up and you have a place to sit down and eat it. We are just glad to be able to serve meals.”

He said some people go to the mission every day to eat.

“Some people live alone and want someone to eat one meal with,” Cremeans said. “If you can, come eat for free. You don’t have to worry about cooking or eating by yourself.”

The city mission is also a night shelter for those who need a place to sleep.

The funding for the mission comes from donations from individuals, organizations and churches. The mission is also a River Cities United Way organization, Cremeans said.

Anyone interested in donating clothes should drop them off at the city mission.