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King’s Closet opens in downtown Eau Claire Monday

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- On Monday, King's Closet will be opening up shop at its new location on Barstow Street in downtown Eau Claire.

"Our dream has been for a couple of years to open a permanent site.  It's finally come to fruition and we are just so excited," says King's Closet volunteer Inez Dascher.

"This is where the need is.  If you go through the communities, there's a few areas of town that are more needy than others shall we say. The downtown area is part of that need," says Kirk Frey, another volunteer with the organization.

Last year, they provided free clothing to hundreds of needy people in a single day from a local elementary school gym. The move to a permanent location means they can help more people year round.

"This is going to be ongoing so people can come here whenever they have the need," Dascher points out.  "They can walk in here and get what they need instead of just once a year."

But for that vision to become a reality, they are going to need funding.  Since they give away all of their clothes for free, that's not a way to generate money.  So King's Closet will have to rely on donations to keep them afloat.

"We don't accept money for the clothing.  They are all to be given away," responds Frey.  "But yet the space does cost us money.  So we do need financial support from the community."

"Finances are a big need right now.  Just moving into this building is really above our heads.  But we are just taking a step of faith and we are just hoping that it will work out and I'm sure it will," says a hopeful Dascher.

King's closet needs to raise between $10,000-15,000 in donations to remain at its Barstow location next year.   All donations are tax deductible.

If you'd like to volunteer or make a donation, you can drop it off at the store contact them at their website: www.TheKingsCloset.org.

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