Downtown church provides comfort

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019

People in need of warmth this season found some comfortable clothes at Metropolitan Baptist Church on Saturday, free of charge.

The Youth Developers and Polly Armstrong ministries of the downtown Suffolk church held a free clothing giveaway on Saturday.

The Rev. Donald Everett counted hundreds of pieces of clothes for the four-hour giveaway on Saturday, including about 75 children’s garments, roughly 50 women’s suits, and about 45 pairs of shoes.

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More than 50 adults and children came to the church to pick out free clothes for the winter. They also enjoyed some complimentary orange juice, soda and pastries while they perused the selection inside the church.

“This time of the year brings about a need for clothing (and) food,” Everett said, and church members answered the call to carry the mission “God has ordained us to do, which is to help people who are in need,” he added.

Suffolk resident La’Tyrah Andrews was able to pick out a coat for herself at the giveaway, plus a pair of shoes for her nephew. Andrews said that she was there because she gave someone else a ride to the giveaway — which was the first she had heard about it — and that she was “grateful” for the opportunity.

“I’m grateful to the members of Metropolitan for having this clothing giveaway,” she said.

Everett applauded Metropolitan’s Youth Developers and Polly Armstrong ministries for their work on Saturday, along with the good work this time of the year by other churches, groups and entities in Suffolk.

“Whenever you are able to help people, then you’re doing the work of God, and you’re doing missionary work,” he said.

The church is located at 125 County St., and the senior pastor is Dr. Robert L. Hobbs.