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Personal Needs Closet lends a free, refreshing hand to the community

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- First United Methodist Church in Wausau is well aware that many people face significant financial challenges on a daily basis.

These challenges can be the result of layoffs, illnesses, death related, injury, or more.

Losing a job or other unexpected expenses can impact the ability to purchase essential toiletry and hygiene items. As the pandemic continues, this is happening more often than ever before.

The "Personal Needs Closet" is located at First United Methodist Church, with a mission to help those in need when life throws a financial curve ball.

The closet includes items like tissue and paper towels, cleaning supplies, hygiene products like soaps and deodorants, and more.

First United Methodist Church Pastor Rebecca Voss said all of these items make a key difference in keeping people clean, feeling well cared for and confident in themselves, especially during a pandemic.

"People are much more aware of how important it is to keep our hands washed, our bodies cleaned, and well masked," Voss said. "So we are having the opportunity to give people those things we need to be a safer community together."

She added that there is no judgement when coming in to grab items since we all go through hard times, finding ourselves in need of help at some point.

Every second Tuesday of every month between 1-3p.m., and the fourth Saturday of every month from 9-11am the closet is open. All community members have to do is fill out a form based on personal needs, and a bag will be brought out to your car.

There is no requirement to take advantage of the program, and Pastor Voss said she wants everyone to feel valued and know that the community is here to help.

Pastor Voss also encourages people to still come get the items they need despite the frigid cold weather north central Wisconsin has been experiencing recently.

If you would like to donate you can call (715) 842-2201.

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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