Catie’s Closet – The Power of Clothing and Toiletries
In 2010, Catie’s Closet began as a tribute to Catie Bisson, a graduate of Lowell High School who felt that education should not be a privilege. Catie was a Sophomore at Bridgewater University when she passed away at the age of 20 due to a connective tissue disorder. Catie’s Closet was founded by Annemarie Bisson (Catie’s mother) and three other sisters, as well as other family members. This project started in a single school and now supports 26,000 students in 37 schools from Pre-K to High Schools throughout Massachusetts and parts of New Hampshire.
How does Catie’s Closet help students? First, an unused room within a school is converted into a “Catie’s Closet.” At-need students are then discreetly given access to the “Closet” by trusted faculty members. Students, whose ages range from 4 to 18 are allowed to choose from an assortment of clothing or toiletries to suit their individual needs. The closet is restocked with donated clothing and toiletries on a regular basis.
We will begin collecting items listed below from now until July 28th. Donations may be dropped off at our on-site gym, FlowFitness, located at 280 Merrimack Street, 1st Floor, Lawrence, MA.
Youth girls & boys 4-20
Teen girls 1-18 and XS-XXL
Teen boys 29-42 and S-XXL
· Youth boys (size 4–16): jeans, sweatpants, t-shirts, long
sleeve tops, hoodies/sweatshirts
· Toiletries: shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant,
· Undergarments: underwear Boys & Girls (size 4-20);
Teen Boys & Girls (Small – XXL)
· Socks (all sizes)
New or gently used clothing
Clean, free from stains & damage