Foster care is often messy... most often, placements are last-minute and the families have little time to ensure they have the specific items these children need. The problem is made worse by the fact that often children enter the system with only the clothes they are wearing. These factors can cause the first 24-48 hours of a new placement to be far more stressful for everyone involved than they should be. This is the core reason for the Compassion Closet.
The Compassion Closet exists to show the love of Christ by providing quality clothing and tangible goods to foster children and their families. We also desire to serve birth families, aging-out youth, kinship placements, and domestic/international adoptive families as God allows and the needs arise.
The closet was started in 2013 by an adoptive and foster care family as a means of helping other families as they had been helped. Over the years, the closet has grown and now has two locations and is supported by a number of volunteers from churches and organizations all over the Knoxville area. The Closet has strong partnerships with Matthew 19:14 Ministries, Knoxville Area Foster Care and Adoption Ministries (KAFCAM) and the Knoxville chapter of The Forgotten Initiative (a ministry of Lifesong for Orphans). The Compassion Closet is incorporated in the State of Tennessee and is a federally-recognized non-profit (501c3).Tell Me More!
We have a large collection of clothing items for boys and girls.
Cribs, Pack-n-Plays, swings, and more are available for use.
We have a small collection of new and gently used toys
We accept high-quality clothing and other donations in good condition.
This effort would be worthless if it didn't directly affect those around us. We are thankful to report that over the past 6 years, the Compassion Closet has supported hundreds of families and thousands of children. The following are a few media clips explaining the role that the Compassion Closet has had in East Tennessee:
Have a new placement and need a few things? Finshed with some things that you want to donate to others? Email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
Due to the fact that this is a completely volunteer-run organization, pickups and donation times vary. All open times are posted to the Facebook page below. If none of thoese times work for you, an appointment may be arranged via the following contact points: