MIDWEST CITY — A father came in with his three children orbiting him like rockets. School was days away, and they didn’t have any supplies. The only one who seemed worried was the father; the kids still bounced around with the joy of summer break. Luckily, he brought them to the Eastside Church of Christ clothing room, where they could stock up on paper, folders and other gear. Several volunteers loaded up plastic bags of supplies while parents helped their children find clothing, shoes and backpacks. The church’s clothing room is open once a month, and volunteers also host a back-to-school event for families in the Midwest City-Del City, Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Jones, Harrah, McLoud and Spencer school districts. More than 150 students received school supplies and clothing during the church’s annual back-to-school event. And hundreds of more families came by after them. The clothing room at Eastside is so popular and the back-to-school drive is so essential, the supplies were running low by the end of the day. Some things just weren’t available. Unfortunately, the glue sticks and pencils were already gone, a volunteer told the dad. There weren’t any boxes of tissue or bottles of hand sanitizer. But they could take home pens, markers, paint, binders and other necessities. The clothing service at Eastside doesn’t always have everything everyone needs, said Wanda Weale, the Eastside clothing service coordinator. But it gives hope each month to people.
Clothing roomEastside Church of Christ offers free clothing, shoes and accessories each month. Items are available once a month during an open giveaway and throughout the month for individuals and families with referrals from social agencies, churches, schools, the state Department of Human Services and members of Eastside Church of Christ. Volunteers are needed to prepare for the giveaways and work at the events. Volunteers meet at the church, 916 S Douglas in Midwest City, each Monday to sort donations and organize the clothing room. For more information, call 732-0393.