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"A woman named Lydia from the city of Thyatira, seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul."
Acts 16:14

About Lydia's Loft

An amazing group of visionaries came together to make Lydia’s Loft a reality.  Early in 2001, Cathy Thomas, a member of First Baptist Church Huntersville, was looking for a way to distribute the leftover clothing from the churches annual World Hunger Sale to those in need throughout our community.  Cindy Jo Brady, of Ada Jenkins Parish Nurses, was also searching for a way to serve the clothing needs of deserving families in the community.  Kim McCulloch, of Davidson United Methodist, Margaret Martens and Susan Preston, of Davidson College Presbyterian Church,  Julie Melchor, from the Department of Social Services, all had similar ideas.  Together, they joined forces to make this vision a reality. The search for a building began.  After searching for a year and a half with no success, a new building code provision made it possible to rehabilitate a house the church purchased from Jap Otis Styers.  Doug Danner, church pastor at the time, united various groups, other churches, and individuals to assist. Bev and Judy Clayton spearheaded the volunteer effort to renovate the interior of the house. 


On February 10, 2004 Lydia’s Loft opened its doors.

Since that day, Lydia’s Loft has become one of the most essential support organizations for the Lake Norman Community and surrounding counties; providing clothing free of charge to individuals and families in need.  In 2023, we served over 8000 people and these numbers continue to grow. 


Lydia’s Loft is a 100% volunteer driven organization. No one is paid, including our director. Lydia’s Loft is a ministry of First Baptist Church Huntersville and falls under their 501(c)(3) non-profit status. We are staffed by volunteers from a wide variety of churches, organizations and individuals from all over the greater Lake Norman area.  Day-to-day operations are overseen by an advisory board staffed by volunteers. 


The generosity of local businesses, organizations, and individuals within the community keeps our doors open. We are grateful for your support and we appreciate you.

Lydia’s Loft is blessed with a fantastic group of volunteers that work to provide a special “shopping” experience for our clients, allowing them to personally select the clothing that best suits their needs. It is our goal to ensure that every client that comes through our doors leaves with a sense of joy, pride, and encouragement.  In 2022, Lydia’s underwent a complete interior renovation. This renovation increased our display space, improved organization, and helped make it easier than ever to assist clients in finding everything they need.  At Lydia’s Loft we firmly believe that we are providing a hand up not a hand out.

Our Advisory Team

Perry Smith, Director

Michelle George, Operations Manager

Darlene O’Toole, Volunteer Coordinator
Rita Mashburn, Group Volunteer Coordinator

Janet Laube, Team Lead

Kitty Long, Team Lead

Ann Owen, Team Lead

Robin Stephens, Team Lead

Nina Suddeth, Team Lead