Chrissy's Closet to open in College Station, help underprivileged families

Published: Apr. 6, 2016 at 3:05 PM CDT
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There's a new effort underway in College Station to help underprivileged families get the clothes and toiletries they need.

It's being spearheaded by College Station ISD and it's called Chrissy's Closet.

Inside Spring Creek Elementary, at the end of the first grade hall, you'll find Room 110.

CSISD's Education Foundation Director Teresa Benden says, "Basically this is kind of our holding room at the moment."

The bags of clothes are quickly piling up. They've all been donated for the new Chrissy's Closet, which is set to open inside the new College View High School in August.

It's designed to help families who can't afford to buy clothes and toiletries.

Benden says, "Any current CSISD student, parent and or staff member is eligible."

They'll be able to shop for free and pick out five items each time they come in.

"I think we live in a bubble. In our district, in our local community. I don't think we realize how many families are in need of just the basic essentials."

There is quite a need in College Station ISD. 35% of the district qualifies for free or reduced lunch. That's about 4,300 kids. 78 Children are homeless.

There are donation bins at every CSISD school. You can drop off new and gently used clothes.

"2T toddler size all the way up to adult. We have pre-k students who are tiny, and of course our high school level and our teachers and staff who are adults."

While Chrissy's Closet will of course be helping the less fortunate students in the district, the hope is it will help the other students too by teaching them an important lesson.

Benden adds, "I think it's really going to help our students realize 'You know what? I'm very fortunate and I can do something to help other families and other kids out there have what I have.'"

The district has only been collecting donations for about two weeks, and the community support is already pouring in.

Pride Cleaners is donating rolling racks and offering free dry cleaning. Brazos Valley Recycling is donating all the donation bins. Ashley Furniture is providing the furniture for the closet and Aggieland Carpet One is helping out as well.

The Junior League of Bryan/College Station gave them a $350 grant to buy new socks and underwear. Walmart gave them 50% off everything, so they were able to stretch that $350 into $700 worth of merchandise.

The Junior League of Bryan/College Station gave them a $350 grant

It's called Chrissy's Closet to honor Chrissy Hester, the Director for Student Services.

The founders said she's touched so many lives over her 30+ years with the district, so it only seemed fitting to use her name.

You can donate money to the closet online