New and gently used school uniforms and other children's clothes are being sought for a new mission site of First United Methodist Church.

God's Closet, located in the old Checkerboard restaurant in Valley View Shopping Center, will be open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to accept donations.

Volunteer Brenda Vowell said the new mission comes under the umbrella of both United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men.

After all the donations are sorted, plans call for God's Closet to open in July to provide free clothing to children in need, she said.

"We are collecting uniforms from Philadelphia, Tucker, Bogue Chitto and Choctaw Central schools," she said.

"Neshoba Central doesn't use uniforms, so we are also collecting jeans, pants, shorts and tops."

Organizers hope to get other area churches involved in the project, noting that there was a need in the community for this ministry.

"We hope to open for distribution in July," Vowell said.

"We will open for families to come and make selections for their children. We feel like it will help raise the self esteem of the children in our classes if they don't have to worry about what they have on."

God's Closet also accepts coats, belts, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, Clorox wipes, Kleenex and hand sanitizer.

Monetary donations are also welcomed.

For more information call Vowell at 601-656-5300.