Tabitha House helps provide clothes to those in need

Tabitha House helps provide clothes to those in need

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - A ministry to help put clothes on people's backs is what the Tabitha House is all about.

The First Baptist Church in Harrisburg started the free clothes closet ministry out of their church.

It started on the first floor, and then grew to the third floor.

When the church had an opportunity to buy a house they took it.

Volunteer Vickie Lowery said it was with the help of so many they have been able to grow this ministry.

"They came in and built shelves," Lowery said. "We put new blinds up in the living room, and things like that, lights in the ceiling."

When moving into the house they decided to call it the Tabitha House.

"It's about abounding deeds of kindness and charity, and it's in Acts 9:36," Lowery said.

In fact, she said since they got the house things have just fallen into place.

"How we got our sign was really a blessing," Lowery said.

Lowery said she looked through the phone book to find a company to make their sign. She picked a business out of Paragould.

She said when the owner, Jeff Couples, found out what the Tabitha House was, he wanted to help.

"When he got down here and delivered me the sign and brought it to me, Jeff donated the church the sign," Lowery said.

With all of the help, Lowery said they've been able to really help people in need.

"People do need food, but then you have people also that can't afford clothes, especially at school times, during the school years," Lowery said.

The Tabitha House has women, men, children, and baby clothes and shoes.

Lowery said anyone can come to the Tabitha House.

They limit people to come once a month, and first time visitors must bring in identification along with an insurance or social security card for each family member.

They are open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m in Harrisburg behind Sonic.

If you are interested in donating clothes to the Tabitha House contact the First Baptist Church of Harrisburg at 870-578-5901 or

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