The first quarterly distribution of Zion’s Blessing Closet was in August of 2015. To date, we have served 1,700 families with 4,000 kids that received 57,000 items of clothing. During these distributions, we were able to partner with other non-profits by giving away bikes, books, school supplies, coats, and holiday baskets. We have experienced tremendous support from Zion’s staff and congregation members with clothing donations, financial support to build a Blessing Closet storage facility, and many volunteer hours from over
I was raised Presbyterian, then married a Baptist. I have had faith since I was a very young girl. Cleo was born and raised in Howard Lake, along with her five brothers and sisters. She met her husband, Bob, while attending Bethel College and they married in 1959. They have 3 children: Mark, Stephen (& Lisa), and Karen (& Sam Mammano). Cleo worked as a receptionist at two different veterinary clinics, for 12 years at Buffalo Dental Group, and then
The Blessing Closet ministry, which began at Zion in 2015, collects, sorts, and distributes new and slightly used children’s (infant to high school age) clothing free to kids in our community and surrounding areas. It has been a huge success, and Zion has distributed over 10,000 items of clothing, shoes, and coats to approximately 1,000 local children in need of assistance during the first two quarterly distribution events.