Clothes Closet founders Emma Loebel and Rebecca Ward, seniors at (MHS), have not been collecting gently used clothing for the past four years to pad their own closets. Rather, their intentions have been loftier: provide clothing to less fortunate members of the community.
The organization—also an official club at MHS—came about as a way not only to give back to the community, but also to connect donations with local people in need, rather than dumping bags in a collection box, with an anonymous destination in mind.
This Saturday, May 19, the Clothes Closet will distribute clothing at the from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., as they did last year. attracted several hundred residents and distributed 13,000 pieces of donated clothing.
In order to get the maximum number of donations, collection dates are timed to coincide with spring cleaning, when many people unearth clothing items that have hibernated in their closet, and are no longer needed or wanted.
Both Loebel and Ward have received both Presidential Service and Volunteer Awards from the Teens for Community organization.