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 its own location 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). Organizationaly, the Compassion Closet is a branch of Community Life Concepts of Knoxville, TN - an organization with a number of programs designed to support the local community.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 in the past 6 months, the Compassion Closet has supported the community in the following ways:
Over 59 foster families and 1 kinship family given clothing, strollers, bassinets, bicycles, school supplies, strollers, changing tables, Jesus Storybook Bibles, and more.
Received over 36 donations including clothing, baby equipment, baby food, car sests, toys and more
More than 40 volunteers put in over 130 hours supporting the ministry
Have a new placement and need a few things? Finshed with some things that you want to donate to others? Message us or send us an email 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 donations are by appointment only and can be arranged via the contact points below: