Santa’s elves are already hard at work inside The Clothes House on Signal Mountain unpacking boxes and sorting donations to be put on the shelves for shoppers.

“We have just an amazing amount of Christmas decor and holiday sweaters and warm clothing for everyone in the family from infants through our seniors,” Signal Mountain Social Services Executive Director Mary Lee Ziebold said.

The Clothes House is part of Signal Mountain Social Services which is dedicated to providing for people in need.

“Our Signal Mountain Clothes House is so important to the programs that we offer all the clients on Signal Mountain, and it's crucial that we receive great donations so we can have great sales,” said Ziebold.

New or gently used donated items are sold and then that money goes to help seniors or families struggling with heating costs, medical and dental expenses, prescriptions and food.

“The money from The Clothes House is our primary funding for the food that we buy for the food pantry, so it’s very important to the mission that we’re trying to do which is to help families with emergency food supplies,” Food Pantry Manager Lea Ann Marshall said.

Right now, Marshall says they are asking for anything that can be used to make a meal.

More people are finding out about The Clothes House and are making it a destination, according to Ziebold.

“They come up and do a little shopping and then have some lunch on the mountain, and it’s just a really fun day for a lot of people,” Ziebold said.

The store accepts all seasons all the time, and there’s a drop box outside.

Coats, hats, gloves, boots and ladies blouses are needed as well as volunteers.

If you are planning to shop, the store accepts cash or checks only.

The hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, except on Thursday, the hours are 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm.