What do we do and who do we serve?
Tinkerbell’s Closet is a ministry of Germantown United Methodist Church. We began collecting dresses to start our FREE boutique in April, 2012. Kathy Kitchel and Rae Mett, founders and volunteers, had the dream to love and serve teen girls by providing for their needs for school dances. We believe “every girl deserves to look and feel beautiful at the school dance.” We are happy to announce that we served over 800 clients during the 2015-2016 school year.
The ministry started with a simple rack of donated dresses located in our Youth Building at 20 Wetz Lane, Germantown, OH. It has since grown to fill every nook of our space. The beautiful boutique houses formal dresses for prom and homecoming, dress shoes, costume jewelry, and clutches – everything a girl needs for the dance. All items are donated by either individuals or clothing ministries from the Dayton area. Donating with us allows us to help those in need and recycle what God has given to us.
Tinkerbell’s Closet is operated by teen and adult volunteers from the church and the community. During the school year, (August – May) we are open to the public on Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm. No appointment is needed.
During specific dance seasons, our hours are increased to accommodate all clients needing dresses. Our additional hours and other information can be found on our Facebook page.
We are open to all teen girls from any school. Every girl is permitted one dress, one pair of shoes, and up to 2 accessory items for each school dance or formal event. There is never a charge for anything received. The girl wearing the dress must be present to try on the dress. We have 4 permanent fitting rooms available. Other fitting rooms are added during our busiest times.
How can you serve with Tinkerbell’s Closet?
We always need volunteers! If you would like to volunteer with us during our busy seasons, or year around, please let us know! If you have a friendly smile, you’re equipped to serve! We need approximately 4-5 volunteers every time we are open. We welcome teens who are looking for volunteer service hours!
We also need friends who can repair and mend dresses. It could be as simple as sewing on missing beads or fixing a seam, or more complex such as fixing a broken zipper.
Contact Kathy Kitchel, 937-684-1446 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rae Mett, 937-219-8230.
How can I donate?
We accept donations of formal dresses, dress shoes, strapless bras, slips, shoulder covers, jackets, costume jewelry, and clutches. We always need plus size donations. They leave as quickly as we receive them. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
- Tinkerbell’s Closet, 20 Wetz Lane, Germantown, OH (Donations can be placed in brown drop-box on porch if not open)
- Germantown United Methodist Church, 525 Farmersville Pk., Germantown, OH, during normal business hours. (Please leave in north closet inside main doors)
- Threads Clothing Ministry, 33 Lawrence Ave, Miamisburg, OH (Donations can be placed in large drop box located at the back doors of the building if not open)