What is Elijah’s Mantle?
Elijah’s Mantle is our children’s clothing closet. Since May, 2004 hundreds of families in central Lake County have received clothing for their children at no cost.
Who can use Elijah’s Mantle?
There are no eligibility requirements for Elijah’s Mantle. Anyone who needs help with clothing for their children is welcome to shop at the store. We do not ask for any identification or proof of income.
When is Elijah’s Mantle open?
We are open the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-11:00 a.m
- January 14
- February 11
- March 11
- April 8
- May 13
- June 10
- August 5 (shoes only)
- August 12
- September 9
- October 14 (plus coats)
- November 11
- December 9
Can I donate clothes to Elijah’s Mantle?
Yes! We are always in need of donations. We accept:
- Gently used clothing, size infant through 16
- We need winter coats, hats, gloves and mittens
- No tears, stains or missing buttons please
- We also accept donations of new socks and underwear
- We have a high demand for school age children’s clothing (especially for boys)
- Clothing can be dropped off at the office on weekdays between 9:00 and noon, or call the office for other arrangements.
- Receipts available for your donations
Can I volunteer at Elijah’s Mantle?
Yes, we can always use the help. Volunteers solicit and collect donations, sort clothes, and stock and staff the store. Sorting is held every Tuesday from 1:00-2:30pm. Please call the church office if you would like to get involved at 847-223-2310.
Why do you call it Elijah’s Mantle?
The name comes from the Bible story of Elijah and Elisha. When the prophet Elijah was about to be taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elisha would not leave him, so the two of them went to the River Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”... As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan (2 Kings 8-13).
The phrase “passing on the mantle,” which has its origins in this biblical story, has become a part of the vernacular. It is much more than a handing over of the baton of power. It is a passing on of knowledge, wisdom and experience, the giving over of a double share of your spirit. In the same way, it is my hope that Elijah’s Mantle will offer much more than clothing to cover children’s bodies.
By reaching out to those in need with grace, compassion, and dignity, we can also offer them a share of our spirit. In Sunday School, we teach our children about the light of Christ. As we each light a candle from the Paschal Candle, the room grows brighter and brighter, but as one child noted, the flame from the Paschal candle does not get smaller. So it is when we share our spirit. There is always more to share.