How did the idea of Anney’s Closet evolve?
A couple of years ago,one of our Women’s Opportunity award recipients requested a laptop instead of our usual cash award. At the award celebration, our Soroptimist club members began asking her if she needed a bed, or household items, or other things that they could donate. Soon she was supplied with many things to set up her new life.
Meanwhile, club member Anney Ardiel shared to the club that she sends truckloads of beautiful household items to charity every month when downsizing seniors. The idea was born–why not redirect some of the very nicest things to help girls in our community who are starting out on their own?
The idea of Anney’s Closet was born. Through discussion with our contacts at Boys and Girls Club, social workers and youth advocates, we confirmed that there are many girls in our community who start out with nothing other than their clothes when they age out of the foster care system at age 18, or when they sign youth agreements between the ages of 16-18. Some of them are pregnant or parenting at the same time. The social workers thought our “free store” shopping sprees would be an incredible opportunity for these girls.
When we asked U-Lock West Shore if they would donate a locker on an ongoing basis for us to house Anney’s Closet, they offered their largest locker and their staff even contributed donated items to the locker.
We formed committees, recruited volunteers and sponsors, and found more social service agencies helping girls in our community. After a year of hard work, Anney’s Closet is ready to officially launch on June 8, 2013.