Magnolia Lutheran Church asked its congregation to consider donating one article of clothing for every day of Lent. That call to action was spread on Nextdoor with amazing results, said parish administrator Nancy Searle.

“I tell ya, Magnolia really came through,” she said. “We thought it would just mainly be the congregation.”

The church now has more than two dozen boxes of clothes to donate to Compass Housing Alliance.

“People just started calling from all over Magnolia, asking to bring stuff in,” Searle said.

The 40-day Lent challenge may not have been followed exactly.

“Most people I think didn’t stick to that,” Searle said. “I think they just cleaned out their closets.”

Magnolia Lutheran has worked to help CHA and other organizations addressing homelessness in the past, but this was the first clothing drive.

“Our social action committee has really been stepping it up the last few years,” Searle said.

Congregation members set out to build one tiny house for the Low Income Housing Institute back in January, and then ended up constructing two more.

Magnolia Lutheran also has its annual sock drive, regularly meeting its goal of collecting 10,000 pairs, and creates moving kits for new residents at CHA’s Nyer Urness House for formerly homeless adults.