The clothing bank Grace’s Closet will open Friday, Feb. 2, in the second floor Sunday School rooms of Grace United Church of Christ, 128 E. Baltimore St. in Greencastle.

The clothing bank is Nancy L. Myers’ project and she took it to the consistory for approval earlier this month.

“It’s to help those in need. It bothers me,” Myers said, tearing up for the first time during an interview, “that people out there have nothing. I have clothes at home I don’t wear so why shouldn’t someone else.”

Grace’s Closet will also serve as a starting point for people who have lost everything in a fire.

Myers has experience in that area as a volunteer with the Red Cross disaster team for a year or two.

Tearing up for the second time, she recalls going to a house fire in Waynesboro, where a little boy really wanted his stuffed lion that was still in the house. Myers told her son, Craig, a Waynesboro firefighter and he was able to retrieve the stuffed animal when it was safe.

“The little boy hugged it and cried,” Myers said. “You never know what little thing will mean a lot … clothing, a toy, a chair to sit on.”

And those are all things that can be found in Grace’s Closet, which occupies four rooms at the church and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The children’s room has clothes and toys, as well as smaller items like hats, shoes, bibs and socks. One room has adult clothing, mainly women’s at this point, while another houses shoes, socks, gloves, handbags … “all the little essentials you might need.”

Clothing is displayed on racks purchased from the going-out-of-business Bon Ton in Hagerstown and on hangers donated by ELM Department Store.

The final room has “a little bit of everything,” including furniture, small appliances, TVs, Christmas trees and ornaments. Myers pointed out that anyone who gets furniture from Grace’s Closet will be responsible for moving it.

Patrons should entered via the second door along Church Lane off Baltimore Street.

Grace’s Closet is also accepting “nicely used” donations, which can be dropped off at the church on weekdays. Myers asks that donations not be left outside the church.

If someone has a lot to donate, Myers will make arrangements for pickup.

Myers has received help from others at the church, where she is a member of the choir and consistory, is involved in fundraisers and the angel tree program and is president of the Grace Snyder Circle.

Some of the donations have come from friends at the Rescue Hose Co., where Myers teaches CPR, first aid and basic life support — earning her the EMS Chief’s Award at the Jan. 20 banquet — and is in the minstrel show chorus.

Myers is a familiar face to many in the community because of the 24 years she spent with the Greencastle-Antrim School District, first as a reading aide then as secretary at Shady Grove Elementary and the Greencastle-Antrim Primary School.

“I cannot sit down and watch TV,” the 76-year-old explained. “I love to be around people and meeting people.”

For more information about Grace’s Closet, call Myers at 717-360-3021.