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Clothes closet aims to clothe children in need

Clothes closet aims to clothe children in need
Clothes closet aims to clothe children in need
Annissa Kellum Reas stands in the back area of the unloading and sorting space for Ann's Angels of Hope, a clothes closet (and more) project for school-age kids, as Patricia Scott, one of many volunteers, folds pants. Photo by Ross Schulz

School-age children in need of clothing now have an outlet to receive quality, often name-brand apparel, free of charge, thanks to Kellum Imprints and a giving community.
Called Ann’s Angels of Hope, the clothes closet program is not yet officially underway but has already helped nine children, organizer Annissa Kellum Reas said.
‘Kids are bullied by how they dress,’ Reas said. ‘This will give them good clothes to wear. This is good stuff. Some is used; some is not.’
She said the Goodwill store was motivation to start the clothes closet as well, since the prices are still high for some families, especially those with four, five or six children. Some of their T-shirt prices are about the same as what the new shirts cost at Kellum Imprints, she added.
Displeased with Goodwill’s prices, Reas started taking items to The Salvation Army. But clothing isn’t free there either.
Reas said teachers in the North Harrison Community School Corp. have wanted to start a clothes closet for some time, and, she thought, with a little hauling off of old equipment, the space was there to do so.
Reas said the program will only accept recommendations from school principals or school counselors. The school fills out the form and then Reas and volunteers gather the correct sizes to be delivered or picked up.
Reas said the outpouring of clothes donated has been tremendous.
‘Just since I posted (on Facebook) last week, we’ve had almost 60 to 70 large garbage bags of extremely nice clothes donated,’ she said.
Clothes of all kinds, as well as shoes, are for any Harrison or Crawford county students and beyond.
‘We helped a student in Salem,’ Reas said.
She said there are 15 schools that plan to participate in the clothes closet.
The closet is not open to the public; only volunteers enter the shop area (former storage area on the east side of Kellum’s building in Ramsey) to help sort and stack clothing.
Any badly worn or stained clothing dropped at Kellum Imprint will be sent to or picked up by a church in Crawford County that will make good use of such items, Reas said.
Donations can be dropped off at Kellum Imprints during normal business hours. For after-hour drop off, contact Reas.
Youth girls’ clothing, sizes 5 to 8, are in the most need, as are storage totes to keep the separated clothing in.
‘So please keep the clothes coming as I’m sure they will start going out as fast as they are coming in,’ Reas said while thanking the community for its generosity.
As of Monday, the total number of bags of clothing, shoes and hygiene products received had reached 150.
Reas said she could not do it without the 10 or so volunteers organized by Patsy Scott.
‘If we can just help one kid, this will all be worth it and we’ve already surpassed that,’ Reas said.

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