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.
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.
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.
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
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),
& 13 (WGME).