Clothing Closet


The_Clothing_ClosetFor the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying,”You shall open
your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11

Business Hours

Mondays (9 to 11:30 am) – Free essential clothing for Referrals

Fridays (9:00 – 11:30 am) – Free essential clothing For Referrals 

Saturdays (9:00 – 12:00) – Sales to the general public


Wesley United Methodist Clothing Closet provides FREE essential clothing to individuals and families in need, and to all others who desire to purchase affordable clothing, housewares and accessories at a very reasonable cost.

All of the funds received from purchases are donated to local ministries which help to feed and house people in needAnnually, the ministry serves over 500 adults and 200 children. We also raise more than $20,000 per year in Saturday sales for local mission.

These ‘local mission’ proceeds benefit:

  • Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
  • Kent Food and Crisis
  • Mt. Zion Soup Kitchen
  • Salvation Army Meals
  • Calvary Baptist Soup Kitchen
  • Whatcoat Methodist Soup Kitchen
  • Mom’s House
  • Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing


To support the clothing closet with DONATIONS, bring your clothing, accessories, and small household items directly to the Clothing Closet, located in the basement of Wesley Church’s Educational Building, or to the drop off bin in the main hallway outside of Grace Fellowship Hall. 

To support the ministry by VOLUNTEERING, please contact

Fred Ragains at 302-399-9119 or 

(if you would like to serve on Mondays and/or Fridays)

Mary Ann Dashiell 302-698-2166 or 

(if you would like to serve on Saturdays)

Even an hour or two of your time would be much appreciated. Volunteers perform essential functions like sorting/organizing clothes, and working the front counter. Work hours are Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings, from 9-12. 

People in need who are referred to us (“Referrals”) shop in the Clothing Closet on Mondays from 9-11:30am, and Fridays from 9-10:30am. On Saturdays, the Clothing Closet is “Open for Business to the general public

Questions? Please contact Beatrice Lacklen, Clothing Closet Coordinator, at 302-678-9626.

History of Our Clothing Closet

The Wesley Church Clothing Closet first began serving those in need of clothing in the Dover area in 1970. Several church members approached senior pastor Dr. Robert Whitlock to express the desire to reach out to those in the community who were in need of affordable clothing. So each Saturday morning, tables were set up in Fellowship Hall and the clothing was taken out of boxes and placed on the tables to be sold. The clothing was then put back into boxes and stored ’til the following week. Approximately 5 years later, in 1975, the Clothing Closet was born, and established in its present location, the basement of the Educational Building, where it is still operating over 40 years later!

For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 100:5