leather polo jacket Foster Care Clothing Closet provides for Florence families in need
Her personal experiences with fostering, she said, ultimately spurred the creation of the Foster Care Clothing Closet, a one stop shop for foster parents who need supplies for their new children.
Working her friend, Joy McKnight, her mother, Linda Henry, and numerous other volunteers, Gray provides a 24/7 access point for foster parents to come get items for their children free.
Currently, she said, the store can only support a family through the first 30 days of the child’s placement. Families generally leave with four bags of clothing and other necessities.
The closet carries anything a family may need, she said, from consumables like diapers and formula to equipment like high chairs and strollers to clothing, toys and more.
When it comes to donations, nothing is too little, Gray said. Something as simple as five loose diapers can be put to use.
“That’s five more than I had yesterday,
” she said. “And your five and your five and your five, and pretty soon we’ve got a whole pack of diapers, five at a time.”
Volunteers thoroughly clean used items, she said. All clothes are washed in a hypoallergenic detergent to prevent any allergic reactions.
The closet is really more of a volunteer run storage warehouse, Gray said, so the hours are often random. All availabilities are posted on the store’s Facebook page for anyone who wants to donate items or volunteer time.
But for distribution purposes, the Foster Care Clothing Closet is accessible at any hour. Families contact the closet when placed with any child from birth through 18 years. Paperwork from the Department of Social Services must be provided to prove that the child is being fostered. and hook them up with whatever they need,” Gray said.
The Foster Care Clothing Closet is working to obtain a 501(c)(3) but until then no monetary donations can be accepted.
“We can’t issue a tax receipt. People are giving knowing they’re getting nothing,” she said. “That’s been the humbling part.”
People viewed the store space, provided by John Jebaily, last Saturday evening, as the fully stocked closet celebrated its open house.
Gray said she hosted the open house because she wanted people to see how much the closet has accomplished in the past month with the help of volunteers and donations.
“This is all the community,” she said. “All we did was wash and hang it up. That is amazing to me, that a community can pull together and create this kind of response.”
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