The Chaplain’s Closet

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Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

In addition to comforting patients and their families in their time of need, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s Chaplain does much more than just provide emotional support.

Tucked in a busy back office of the hospital is an area that looks like a display shelf from a small retail store. On this shelf, there are a limited collection of sweatpants, t-shirts, crocs, tops and other clothing items. These items aren’t sold. Instead, they’re given away to patients if and when their personal clothing is torn, discarded and/or soiled. This is the Chaplain’s Closet.

Initiated by our Chaplaincy staff years ago, the Chaplain’s Closet has evolved from just a pair of shorts and three t-shirts to multiple clothing items in different sizes for both men and women. These items are donated by members of the Sentara Healthcare team, the community and religious organizations.

Like a lot of other agencies, supplies in the Chaplain’s Closet have dwindled during the COVID-19 pandemic and the project needs your help. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is collecting new items, with tags, in assorted men and women’s sizes.

To donate, contact Chaplain Cindy Hardy at or 703-523-0680.






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