Volunteers power My Father’s Closet

My Father’s Closet, in association with The Upper Cumberland Foster Closet, is making a big impact helping foster children and parents in McMinnville and Warren County communities.

Formed in 2020, all efforts are carried out without paid staff and only about six volunteers.

In 2021-2022, My Father’s Closet served 363 youth ages birth to 17. During this period, 2,047 items of clothing were provided as well as formula, diapers, car seats and many other daily essentials.

The first Shop with a Cop program began in December 2021, where 47 children benefited from these efforts.

Director Detra Whiles, who founded the organization, praises the efforts of the volunteers who run the program.

“I couldn’t do what I do without these volunteers because I work full time,” Whiles said. “I had been praying for the volunteers for over a year. Almost a year to the day they showed up.

Currently, the local organization is an extension of the larger Upper Cumberland Association, but according to Whiles, their next step is to work toward a 501(c)3 for self-governing nonprofit status.

“We are preparing for our next fundraiser which will be a golf tournament at McMinnville Country Club,” said Whiles.

The event will take place on Friday, July 22 with registration at 11 a.m. and tee time at 1 p.m. The hole sponsorship is $100 and the champion sponsorship is $500. Teams can form and participate in the tournament until the moment of registration. For more information about the tournament, you can contact Whiles.

If you would like to get involved with My Father’s Closet, Detra invites you to visit their Facebook page. She invites you to call or text (931) 306-6843.

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