PTSA Clothes Closet helps kids in need

Donations, volunteers provide free clothing to families in need

A clothes donation box outside of the building where Clothes Closet works. It is located at 324 South West Dr, Leander, TX.

Garrett Gage

A clothes donation box outside of the building where Clothes Closet works. It is located at 324 South West Dr, Leander, TX.

by Garrett Gage, Staff Writer

Jeans, socks, undergarments, plain t-shirt, and a jacket. Though this is typical attire for a student, some families cannot afford these items. When this happens, LISD families have the option to visit the Clothes Closet, an organization within the district Council of PTAs that provides district students with a voucher from their school nurse to receive free, donated clothes.

“[Our goal] is to get more families to know about us and shopping with us,” Clothes Closet Chairwoman Jennifer Montes said. “We are excited that we are getting new floors in 2016 and the exterior fixed up as well.”

Montes particularly likes the fact that the organization helps families in need.

“The best thing is how excited parents get when they find clothes that they know their kids will love,” Montes said.

Their goal this year is to increase the number of families the Clothes Closet helps.

“Last year 175 families were helped.” Montes said. “This year we have already helped 90, and hope to surpass last year’s number by at least 50.”

“This year we have already helped 90, and hope to surpass last year’s number by at least 50.””

— Jennifer Montes

The Clothes Closet is open every Tuesday from 10:00 am to noon, and one Saturday a month at the same times.

If one wants to help they can bring clean, gently used clothes to a local school office, or there is a drop off bin outside the Clothes Closet building at 324 South West Dr, in Leander.

Their website states that their “purpose is to provide gently worn, clean, school clothing as well as brand new underwear and socks, to students in need ages 4 through 18 or pre-K through high school.”

They also accept any help on the days that they are open and their current needs are:
-New boys and girls underwear, boxers/boxer briefs only for boys
-New Boys small socks, Adult XL Boys socks
-Boys shorts and jeans, Sizes 7-12.

Find out more ways you can help and other guidelines for donating items by visiting their website.