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His Hands Clothing Closet has been working hard for the last six months in downtown Eudora trying to help out those in need by operating a clothing store and selling previously owned and gently used clothes.  The 501(c) 3 charity has been run by Christine and Paul Zimmer for the last few years out of the Zimmer’s home and moved to Main street back in June to have more space.

This Christmas, His Hands is trying to got the extra mile to make sure needy families in Eudora have presents for the kids this holiday.  Boxes have been set up at local establishments to collect age appropriate new unwrapped gifts to be given to those who are less fortunate.

The collection boxes can be found at Gene’s Heartland Foods, Cutter’s Smokehouse, Byrne’s Pharmacy and Dairy Queen.  The boxes will be available until December 10, after which the Zimmer’s will collect all donations, wrap them and distribute them to the families they have adopted.

“We do this because we care about people, especially children.   We watch our son open gifts or our grandchildren, and can’t imagine a child not having at least one small gift to open,” Paul Zimmer said.  “We understand many can pay their bills and have nothing left to buy a gift for their children. The economic status of the times is of no fault of a child, that’s why we want to try to help. It’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up.”

The Zimmer’s rely on donations from people to keep the store stocked and to help pay the rent of the store located at 727 Main Street.  All donations to the charity are tax deductible.

“Our store front provides a place for people to shop and save as we provide high quality items you wont find in most thrift shops for most under $5,” Paul Zimmer told us. “This helps our non profit pay overhead and also buy items for families since we cannot afford to pay out of pocket as we have for over 3 years.”

There is also a fund raiser scheduled for January 12, 2013 to help sustain the charity as they do their work throughout the year.  Local Blues/Rock/Country band Listen Mister will play at Cutter’s Smokehouse from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM with all donations going to the charity.  Donations can be either items to help out families or money so the charity can continue.

“If people need more information feel free to stop by and we will be happy to talk about our mission,” Zimmer stated. “The Christmas  spirit should not be for a week or a month but all year long.”

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