Local family making a difference one item at a time

Local family making a difference one item at a time


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - During the holidays many of us share and give to those we love, but for one local family it's all about helping those they don't know.

The family with the help of New Hope Presbyterian Church off of Merchants Avenue hands out free clothes to children and adults. That's where 6 News found Angie Davis.

 Davis and her husband both work, but times are still tough.

"I work but I still have trouble because you have to pay bills first and then you worry about clothes," said Davis.

Davis says the free clothes she gets are something her three children can smile about.

"You come here and you feel like you are home," said Davis.

Church member Bedford Chapman and his wife and daughters started Clothes Closet last year.

It has ballooned into what looks like a bustling business. Chapman says the payoff is priceless.

"It's so rewarding to give to other people to see the joy in their faces," said Chapman.

On Saturday dozens of people were waiting in another room to get their chance to shop for free.

"With it being the week before Christmas there is a large amount of people here," said Chapman.

Last month they served hundreds of families, handing out 700 pieces of clothing.

"They can get four items per person and it's the people living in their family, anything we would be willing to wear is what we want to give to people" said Chapman.

In fact, an upstairs room is stocked with items that soon will be up for grabs.

Many of them are brand new shirts with the tags still on them. Chapman credits an anonymous wholesaler for his generosity.

But many are thanking Chapman and his wife for their big hearts, both with full time careers taking the time to make a difference, one item at a time.

"I think they are wonderful people, they are very nice," said Davis.

New Hope Presbyterian Clothes Closet is usually open on the last Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church gave the Chapman family a grant to start the cause, but they need donations to keep it running. If you would like to help you, can call Bedford Chapman at (865) 254-1479.

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