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Evansville Ministry Clothing Released Inmates and the Unemployed

Organizations like the Evansville Christian Life Center are working to make sure those experiencing tough times from the pandemic have the right clothing to stay heated, especially as temperatures dip into the freezing range.

Posted: Dec 2, 2020 5:25 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2020 7:55 PM

Hats, gloves and a coat -- sometimes these warm ware items are taken for granted.

But, for many facing eviction and loss of jobs from the struggles of the pandemic, not having these pieces of clothing can mean the difference between life or death, especially as temperatures drop dangerously low.

And clothing banks like the Evansville Christian Life Center are adamant about helping to dress those in need.

"If you don't have a lot of money and you have to pay your rent and utilities, then there is nothing left to get your children clothing or a coat or for yourself for work,” said Gina Gibson, the executive director of the Evansville Christian Life Center. “And so they can come in and everything is a quarter.”

And with 12,000 square feet, there is plenty of room to socially distance, with only one family shopping at a time.

For one man just released from Posey County Jail, being able to cheaply purchase clothing means he has a better chance at securing a job.

"He's going to be relocated and actually lived in Evansville and he has nothing,” said David Majewski, a pastor. “He literally just had a shirt and a pair of pants. And he needed everything. He needed undergarments, socks. So the Christian Life Center is not only able to help someone like that, but they help the weak, the weary and forgotten."

And whether it is providing treatment at their free health clinic or clothing those in need, the Evansville Christian Life Center just wants to support families getting back on their feet.

"Helping them find those resources and tools to be successful -- that's what we want more than anything,” Gibson said. “We want them not only to survive, but to thrive."

Due to safety concerns, the Evansville Christian Life Center Clothing Bank is now only open from 9:30 to 12:30 on Wednesdays.

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It was an absolutely gorgeous afternoon throughout the Tri-State, but despite our seemingly endless supply of sunshine today, temperatures remained more than 10° cooler than the norm for this time of the year. Fortunately, today's peak temperature of 65° represents our coolest anticipated afternoon high temperature through the remainder of our extended forecast. While it is indeed encouraging that temperatures will gradually rise through the rest of the work week into the weekend ahead, we'll still have to deal with temperatures back down into the upper 30s and low 40s early Thursday morning.
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