The high school and middle school years can be a challenging time for any young person. For one facing financial difficulties, it can be especially trying. Imagine not having the basic necessities — clothing, shoes, socks, toiletries, even underwear — and then trying to fit in and be accepted. It just doesn’t happen.
The needs of these older students have frequently gone unnoticed in the community as the kids try to blend in with their peers and are too private to discuss their situation. Thus, they’re often the forgotten ones when it comes to receiving some much-needed assistance.
Redlands resident Pat Williams was determined to change that. The more she knew, the more her resolve grew to help these kids in any way she could. She began collecting some gently used clothing and then turned around and donated the items to the students in need. But the more kids she helped, the more she realized needed
help. And for those of you that know Pat, you know that only made her even more
determined to make a difference in these kids’ lives.
By October 2008, Angels’ Closet was born. It’s situated on Redlands East Valley High School campus — three clothes-and-accessories-packed rooms that serve as private boutiques for students needing assistance. Referrals to the closet are made by high school and middle school counselors, and include students from Redlands and surrounding areas.
Today, Angels’ Closet Charities collects and distributes new and gently used school clothes, formal attire, business attire, graduation caps and gowns, accessories and toiletries. We also work with social services including local homeless shelters.
Angels’ Closet relies solely upon the generosity of the community for clothing and donations. Without you, we wouldn’t be here or be able to help these students — more than 2,200 to date.
If you’d like to take a tour of Angels’ Closet, we’d be delighted to show you around — just give us a call at 909-794-7967 or fill out the contact form
. We look forward to hearing from you!