Kid’s Closet Ministry Aims to Provide Assistance to Starke County Children

A ministry serving children in Starke County is looking for donations of clothes to help in their mission of providing children with clothes, school supplies, shoes and personal hygiene items. Linda Lewandowski, director of Kid’s Closet Ministry, said they are currently holding collections at a number of sites in local communities.

“We’re running collections for gently used and new children’s and used clothes, and we have drop-off sites at the North Judson United Methodist Church, Route 10 Bar and Grill, Max Effex Fitness are accepting them for us,” said Lewandowski.

The program started this spring, and Lewandowski said they are hoping to expand to serve more children in the area.

“We started this in the spring and we’re hoping to have it fully running by the next school year this fall,” she said. “We’re already serving children from the Department of Children’s Services of Starke County, and hopefully by the fall we will be serving kids in our school systems and also children that are sent to us through Love INC.”

The program is in need of assistance, however, as Lewandowski explained they are currently looking for people interested in helping in their mission. She said people can help by organizing collection drives and delivering items.

The program looks to help children in Starke County by providing them with the essentials they need for school. She said children are sent to the ministry at the recommendation of teachers or through Love INC, where children are screened and then turned over to the program for assistance.