Refuge Point Church starts clothes closet

Published 6:03 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019

WEST POINT — Refuge Point Church in downtown West Point has started a clothes closet. It’s goal is to meet a need in the local community, and donations have been fantastic so far, according to the church.

“We’re doing this for those who need clothes,” said Pastor Matthew Thrower. “It’s by appointment only, and right now we have plenty of girls, boys and womens clothing of all sizes. We also have jackets and coats. We started this a couple of weeks ago. It’s gotten around by word of mouth, and we’ve gotten a very good response. Everything we have has been donated. A lot of people have given us their old clothes after Christmas. We’re asking for items that have been gently used.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the clothes closet may call the church office at (706) 590-8404 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or by email at

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“We talked about doing this last year,” Thrower said. “We thought we’d be addressing a need in the community by doing it. It took some time to get it going, and we’re now putting to good use some empty space we had in the building. The response has been greater than we expected. It’s been kind of crazy, but if we are helping people, it’s great. So far, we have helped people our members have known. We’d now like to reach out beyond that.”

Located behind the West Point Post Office, Refuge Point Church has approximately 50 members, but usually sees around 150 people present for 11 a.m. Sunday morning worship services.

“We’ve been in this building for six years now,” Thrower said. “A lot has gone on here over the years. There’s been a radio station here, a TV station, and I’ve been told a laundromat was here at one time. It’s been a good location for us, and we are all about serving the community.”

It’s shocking how much clothing has been brought in,” Thrower continued. “We ask for gently used items, and for the most part that’s what people have brought in. We are most pleased with the response so far. We think it’s a good cause, and we hope people keep supporting it.”