Kindness Closet Founder Anne Mautner and Scouts Devin Tipton, Claire and Kent Mautner, Chase and Trevor Bedson pose after three hours of work moving the Closet from Academy Street Park to the Mooresville Christian Mission.

Special to Iredell Free News

After three and a half years of serving the community at Academy Street Park, the original Mooresville Kindness Closet has moved to the Mooresville Christian Mission to reach more residents in need of household and hygiene products.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with the Christian Mission, and it’s a natural complement to the services already offered to their clients,” founder Anne Mautner said.

The Kindness Closet will be filled with toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, feminine products and paper products. All of these items are not covered by SNAP or other services in the area and are only increasing in cost.

What began in 2018 as a simple concept of teaching children to give back to the community with service group, Little Helpers of Mooresville, the Kindness Closet has distributed over 75,000 hygiene products and engaged the community with meaning service projects.

Scouts from Troops 171 and 5171 volunteered to help move the 500-pound Kindness Closet on Saturday, which was no small task. They then stocked the shelves with hygiene items to get it ready to serve clients.

Craig Chamberlin, warehouse director at the Christian Mission, told the scouts, ‘We are serving between 25 to 50 people a day. What you did today, you guys are making an impact on your community and that’s what it’s all about.”

The community will be able to continue to sponsor the Kindness Closet just as they did at the original location.

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For more information, please visit us at mooresvillekindnesscloset.org.

About the Mooresville Kindness Closet

The Mooresville Kindness Closet was founded in 2018 and is committed to addressing hygiene poverty. Hygiene poverty is the inability to afford basic household and hygiene items that are not covered by government assistance such as deodorant, soap, feminine products, toilet paper, toothpaste and shampoo and laundry detergent. Food banks and other services in the area do not have a consistent supply of basic household goods, so the Kindness Closet’s mission complements services already serving low-income populations. Additionally, the Kindness Closet is committed to fostering community service and engagement by having local groups and families assist with the gathering and distribution of the donations.

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