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After three and a half years of serving the community at Academy Street Park, the original Mooresville Kindness Closet has moved from the park to the Mooresville Christian Mission to reach more residents in need of household and hygiene products.
“We are very pleased with our new partnership with the Christian Mission, and it is a natural complement to the services already offered to their clients,” said Anne Mautner, founder of Kindness Closet.
The closet will be stocked with toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, feminine products, and paper products. Not all of these items are covered by SNAP or other services in the region and their cost is only increasing.
What began in 2018 as a simple concept of teaching children to give back to the community with the Little Helpers of Mooresville service group, the Kindness Closet has distributed over 75,000 hygiene products and engaged the community in projects of significant service.
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Scouts from Troops 171 and 5171 volunteered to help move the 500-pound closet on March 26, which was no small task. They then stocked the shelves with hygiene items to prepare them to serve customers this week.
Craig Chamberlin, warehouse manager at the Christian Mission, told Pathfinders, “We serve between 25 and 50 people a day. What you did today is impacting your community, and that’s what this is all about.
The community will be able to continue to sponsor the Closet at its new location, just as it did at the original.
For more information, visit them at mooresvillekindnesscloset.org.
About the Mooresville Kindness Closet
Founded in 2018, The Closet is committed to tackling hygiene poverty, i.e. the inability to purchase basic household and hygiene items not covered by government assistance such as deodorant, soap, feminine products, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo and laundry detergent.
Food banks and other services in the area do not have a constant supply of basic household items, so Kindness Closet’s mission complements services that already serve low-income populations.
Additionally, he is committed to fostering community service and involvement by asking local groups and families to help collect and distribute donations.