Christine Zimmer

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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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Christine Zimmer in the clothing room

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Occasionally, you come upon someone with a good heart and a willingness to help out.  Christine Zimmer is one of those people.  Zimmer operates His Hands Clothing Closet and gives out clothing to those in need for free.

Christine started His Hands Clothing Closet in 2009 as a way to give to those who cannot afford clothes for their kids or themselves.

“I started this because I truly care about our community.  I believe we can all do our part to help one another, this is my way of saying thanks,” Zimmer said. “I just want to pay it forward.”

Zimmer makes no money off the operation and depends on donations to keep the project running. It is all based in her faith in God and willingness to serve her fellow citizens. Zimmer runs the charity out of her house on Birch Street and is trying hard to give back to people in and near Eudora.

“Charity begins in your hometown,” Zimmer stated. “I wanted there to be a place where folks could come get free clothing, shoes, winter coats, clothing close by.  With gas and food prices increasing and a lot of folks being with jobs or either living on one income, its nice to know there is something in your area to help make ends meet.”

Zimmer allows people, by appointment, to come in to her room she has specifically set up for distributing clothing and simply look through the racks of clothes she has on hand and choose whatever they desire.  She has dressing rooms set up so people can try things on

“I don’t put limits on the amount of clothes people can take” Zimmer noted. “I trust that there is a certain amount of honesty in everyone and people will take what they need.”

Zimmer relies on donations from people to support the charity.

“At this time I can still use  newborn boy and girls, men’s shoes all sizes, little boy shoes, men’s jeans from size 32 up. Also I could use anything boy from size 5T-up, maternity (summer), plus sizes (summer).  Some items are harder to get then others.  Just ask me if I need it.  I never resell and only help folks out with it.”

If running a charity with the help of her husband was not time consuming enough, caring for her family consumes the rest of her day.

“In my spare time I take care of my family.  I am trying to be a great role model to my children, especially my son who has autism (HFA) and my grandchildren.”

Zimmer is always interested in donations and volunteers. You can reach His Hands Clothing Closet at 785-542-3528.  You can also find the charity on Facebook.  Just search for:  His Hands Clothing Closet Ltd.

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