Tabitha's Closet

58 Main Street Winthrop, Maine 377-8620




When Can I Visit?

Special Events

Emergency Help

Donating &

Who was Tabitha?

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Tabitha’s Closet is a free clothing ministry of the Winthrop United Methodist Church solely supported by donations and volunteers. Its primary mission is to provide, at no charge, clean gently-used apparel for children and adults in the greater Winthrop community and is open to anyone in need.

When Can I Visit?
Tabitha’s Closet is open from 9:00 am to noon the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 72D Main Street, the building to the right of the church. We will not be open on Christmas Eve, 12/24. Access is through the front door of the Autism Society of Maine and is up the stairs.

Special Events
Tabitha’s Closet Free School Supplies is held in August in Fellowship Hall at the church where we provide new donated school supplies to anyone in need. It was held August 9th.

Tabitha’s Christmas Closet is held the second Saturday in December where we give away free toys and books. The event is held at the church in Fellowship Hall. This year it will be held December 12th from 9:00 am to noon.

Tabitha’s Couture is held in the spring at the church. We had more than 200 gently-used gowns and prom dresses donated as well as apparel such as shoes, jewelry, undergarments and purses all free for any young woman who needed a prom dress and accessories.

Emergency Help
If you have an immediate need for clothing please contact the church office at 377-8620 or Jill Howes at 377-6080.

Donating & Volunteering

Tabitha's closet is operated entirely by volunteers, and depends solely on donations to maintain a full inventory. Donations of outgrown, gently worn, clean clothes are always welcome and greatly appreciated. Monetary donations are equally helpful, as they enable the purchase of essential items like new socks and underwear. Please call the Church Office at 377-8620 for more information on volunteering.

Who Was Tabitha?
Tabitha is a woman of the Bible who appears briefly in the Book of Acts (Chapter 9, verses 36-43). In the months and years following Jesus' death and Resurrection, his Apostles traveled throughout the lands of the western Mediterranean spreading the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Tabitha lived in the port city of Joppa, and was a faithful and devout early Christian. Tabitha was well known and loved in Joppa for her countless acts of kindness and generosity. She was a seamstress who sewed garments and gave them to whoever was in need. When Tabitha died, the whole city of Joppa mourned her death. Other Christians in the city sent for Peter, who was preaching in a nearby town. Peter prayed over Tabitha and restored her to life. After that, Peter stayed on in Joppa and converted many to the new faith. We have named our clothing ministry in honor of Tabitha whose life of good deeds and whose miraculous return from death reflect the power and glory of God.

Are You Open?
If we are closed (such as inclement weather), this information will be posted on television channels 6 (WCSH), 8 (WMTW), & 13 (WGME).

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