Church re-opens clothes depot
Betty Black (left) and Ada Willemsma operate a clothing giveaway on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the portable across from Boston Baptist Church. Postmedia photo
BOSTON, ON – After a three-month winter break, there was a steady stream of visitors on Saturday morning to a clothing giveaway operated by members of the Boston Baptist Church.
Located in a former school portable in a parking lot across from the Cockshutt Road church, the clothing centre is filled with men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. It’s all free and people can take as much as they need.
“There are no questions asked,” said Betty Black, who operates the clothing giveaway with fellow church member Ada Willemsma. “Some are repeat visitors and I’ve seen some new people today. Some just drive by and see the sign.”
The clothing program, which operates on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, is outreach for the Keenagers, a seniors’ group based in the church.
Donations come from church members and the wider community and can be dropped off during opening hours on Saturdays.
Anything that doesn’t get taken is donated to other organizations, including the Kidney Foundation.
Boston Baptist Church has a long history dating back more than 200 years.
Four Christians, Peter and Sarah Fairchild and James and Sarah Corliss, met on Oct. 21, 1804 to form the church’s humble beginnings.
The first meeting place was in a log house on the bank of Boston Creek near the cemetery at the end of Church Street, in which the four pioneers are buried.
Peter Fairchild was the first pastor, serving for 14 years, during which time a 24-by-24-foot frame building was constructed as the meeting house, and where the present church, constructed in 1851, stands.
More than 40 pastors have served the congregation of Boston Baptist since 1804.