King’s Kettle, other local charities to benefit from Kathryn’s Kloset distribution program
By AMBER SOUTH
A truck load of new supplies and personal items will roll into Chambersburg Thursday to help local families get the things they need.
It is part of the regional surplus distribution program, Kathryn’s Kloset. A service ministry of Pennsylvania-based Diakon Lutheran Service Associates, Trinity Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, is the local administer.
A truck rented by Trinity will return to the church from Diakon’s Kathryn’s Kloset distribution center in Baltimore Thursday afternoon. Representatives from many local charitable organizations will be there and ready to get items to meet their clients’ specific needs.
Franklin County Head Start is just one participant. Angela Glocke, family service manager, said the organization will get cleaning supplies including laundry detergent, dish soap and fabric softener.
“We get whatever the donations are that benefit (FCHS),” she said.
Items come from regional manufacturers and retailers who donate new, surplus and returned products to Diakon for the purpose of giving to charities that help the community.
Since Trinity began serving Kathryn’s Kloset in January 2010, $250,000 worth of products have been distributed within the local area, said Trinity Pastor Neal Hively.
Items include case lots of home-use, packaged cleaning products; pallet loads of new footwear that were once store displays; clothing for men, women and children; pallet loads of government surplus name-brand computers and monitors; office furniture; and more.
Toys are reserved for the holiday season by other groups; however, Hively said he is driving the truck to the distribution center and plans to see if he can get “wish items” that some local agencies have requested.
Trinity’s work will help about 1,000 local families, he added.
The value of Kathryn’s Kloset is especially large in the current economy.
“In times of economic distress, when funds are limited and it may be a struggle to keep the home warm and feed the children, cleaning products and personal care items may appear to be a luxury,” Hively said.
The Trinity congregation aggressively pushed to play a role in this program because they saw a compelling need for it in the community, Hively said.
While the church is responsible to pay a $4,000 administrative overhead fee to Diakon, the local agencies it helps through Kathryn’s Kloset make voluntary donations to help with the expense, Hively said.
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