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"Katie's Closet" helps those in need while honoring church member

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Christ Episcopal Church in Binghamton is known for being one of the oldest churches in Binghamton, but what many don't know is what happens beneath the church. 

From the Henry Street entrance, you can walk into Katie's Closet. It's a clothing store where everything is completely free for those in need. 

"We looked at modeling it on a thrift store or a department store and we need to have the sizing done we need to have different kinds of clothing," said Christ Episcopal Church Pastor Elizabeth Ewing. 

It started as a small way to honor local church member Katie Brundage. 

Elizabeth Davidson is the founder of Katie's Closet. She knew Katie personally.

"Katie grew up in the church you know from a very small girl," said Davidson. "She ran into some drug problems and passed away from them." 

Now, Katie is leaving a lasting impression. Many remember her for her kindness and also a love for clothes. That's how Katie's Closet got its name. 

"She was a clothes hound," said Davidson. "She really liked her clothes so the parents brought everything over for us and they started putting it out for us."

While the Christ Episcopal Church has always donated clothing, Katie inspired volunteers to move into a renovated space. 

Volunteers moved the clothing store into a new space in the church about two years ago, after Brundage's death. Since then, Katie's closet has helped many in need in the community. 

"People come in and go wow I can really go to this wedding I can go to this dance or I have clothes so I can go get a job interview," said Ewing. "Then they come back and say hey I got the job. This is great."

Katie's Closet is open the last two weeks of each month on Monday's and Friday's from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday's 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m and the last Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon. 

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