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The Noble Cause Awards goes to Clyde Chaney with the Golden Rule Clothes Closet for the compassion and FREE assistance he has provided to those in need of clothing and household goods for 23 years in the Fort Smith Region.
The Clothes Closet located at 212 N. 3rd St. in Fort Smith provides victims of fires and natural disasters and low-income families and with clothing, furniture and household items free of charge.
Imagine going to church or out with friends one evening and finding when you got home that your house had burned to the ground. You would have nothing but the clothes on your back. Natural disasters cause grave hardship, but losing a job, a difficult divorce, or other personal crises can have similar effects. That’s why The Clothes Closet accepts all donations, big and small, in the form of cash or of clothing and household goods.
The Clothes Closet is known not only for the practical assistance they provide, but also for the kindness and compassion with which they welcome their clients. The days they are open to customers are busy ones, serving 300 to 350 people a day. The team that does all this work is small: four staff members and volunteers from the community. In 2013, they supplied clothing and household necessities to more than 47,000 people.
The Clothes Closet has been in operation for more than two decades, since Betty Chaney (wife of current director Clyde Chaney) and Terry Olsen started in one room in the Old Trinity School in 1991. In 1995, First National Bank of Fort Smith provided a building for The Clothes Closet: a former meat packing plant on North 3rd and B Streets, where they reside today.
Recent funding cuts combined with increasing need make it difficult to serve everyone who needs help. The Clothes Closet welcomes financial donations, as well as donations of any clothing or household item. No donation is too small or too large. Be it a toothpick or a house, The Clothes Closet will find someone who is in need of your gift.
Donations accepted Monday- Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open to serve Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Items in high demand:
Pots and pans
Honoring the 2013 Award Recipients: Tom Jakobs with Be Extraordinary and Charolette Tidwell with Antioch Youth & Family
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Fort Smith Convention Center, Theater Lobby
5:00pm – 7:30pm