His Hands Clothing Closet

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His Hands Clothing Closet is moving but not very far.  For approximately the last year, the thrift store has been operating at 727 Main Street in downtown Eudora. Christine and Paul Zimmer, owners of the business that grew out of a charity, are moving to 736B Main Street. This is the side entrance of the building at the corner of 8th and Main. Currently, the front half of the building houses the Quilting Bits and Pieces store while the other half has been vacant for nearly a year.

“This move will allow us to provide more space and a better location for His Hands,” Christine Zimmer told us. “With our space growing from 400 square feet to 1400, we will be better able to serve our customers and offer more items.”

The Zimmer’s have operated the charity based business for the last 4 years, first out of their home, then on the west side of Main Street for the last year.  The non-profit was established to help those who were victims of fires and those in need.  When the move to Main street occurred, His Hands Clothing Closet went with a thrift shop model to help defray the expenses of the building.

“I see it as working together to provide an outlet to help families stay on target with their budgets in a world that is economically unsteady for most, those are the ones we will continue to have faith in,” Zimmer said.

The move will also help end some confusion between dueling thrift type stores next to one another.  His Hands opened up in August of last year and the Eudora Thrift store, a for-profit business not affiliated with Zimmer’s His Hands Clothing Closet, around October right next door to His Hands. Many customers of both shops were under the the belief that both were operating together.

Zimmer expects to have her new location open Wednesday afternoon according to her Facebook page and hopes to maintain regular business hours following that.

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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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This Saturday, His Hands Clothing Closet will be holding a fundraiser in front of Cutter’s Smokehouse, 218 E. 20th Street from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  The fundraiser is to help raise money for a budget as well as possibly securing a building to house the clothing outreach in.

His Hands Clothing Closet provides clothing to those in need at very little or, in most cases, no charge.  The charity was founded in 2009 by local resident Christine Zimmer.

“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.”

Several organizations have donated their time and services to the fundraiser.  The Eudora Township Fire Department will by providing BBQ and have a bounce house available.  Tad’s Tropical Snow will be there, as well as Games 2U and the Balloonman will be there to twist balloons for the children.  The event is free to attend and donations will be requested.

There will also be a silent auction of multiple items. Several items in the auction will be of interest to KU fans including a 2011-2012 KU team basketball signed by the team, a basketball signed by Bill Self, and a KU football signed by Charlie Weiss. Chiefs fans will have their opportunity to bid on an autographed picture of Derrick Johnson, Linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.  Many more items will also be offered in the auction.

For more information, you can simply go to Facebook and search on “His Hands Clothing Closet” or contact Christine Zimmer at pcdzimmer@hotmail.com

 

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With the Holidays approaching way to fast, we take time to try to help out those less fortunate.  Several organizations in Eudora need your help.

His Hands Clothing Closet is in need of coats for all ages. They have had many requests for coats in all sizes. Some orders have been filled but they still are in need of many sizes from small girls size 2t to junior sizes, and boys from 12 mos to junior sizes.  The closet is also in need of men’s and women’s coats from medium to the largest plus sizes.

They have a waiting list with a few who are pending donated sizes. Also any hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, snow boots can be dropped off at the clothing closet.  To find out how you can help out  His Hands Clothing Closet, contact Christine Zimmer  at 785-542-3528 or via email at pcdzimmer@hotmail.com

Not only is there a need for clothing at HHCC, the Eudora Food Pantry (located at St. Paul United Church of Christ) is very much in need of donated items. Canned and boxed food is always in need.  At this time, the Food pantry is seriously in need of personal care items (i.e. soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc).  Please bring your items to St. Paul or to your own Church which will send them on to the Food Pantry.

Finally, the Ministerial Alliance also offers an emergency assistance program for those in need or facing difficult times. The money in this fund comes from all the churches in Eudora and is “regulated” so that as many people as possible are helped.  If you are willing to help with the Emergency Assistance Fund either give it to your church or send donations to the Eudora Methodist Church marked as emergency assistance.

The Ministerial Alliance is an organization that consists of the pastors from many of the churches in the Eudora community.  This group also supports the food pantry.

Please consider taking a moment and helping out those who need your assistance.

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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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