what we do
Closet of Caring is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to help the houseless community by providing clothing and other essential items. In addition, we perform several large community service events a year.
We collect donations of clothing, blankets, toiletries and other essentials. Several times per month we distribute these items to the homeless population of Akron, OH. Folks are permitted to take as much as they need and no questions are ever asked beyond how they’re doing and what else we can do to assist them.
We also assemble “Blessing Bags” which typically consist of the following essential items: shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, Chapstick, hand sanitizer, masks, lotion, razor, wipes. These are all put into a drawstring backpack for convenience in addition to the fact that a lot of our recipients don’t have anything reusable to carry their possessions in.
In 2021, we performed 3 large community service events. Our first was a Spring hygiene drive benefitting the Domestic Violence Project. During the drive we collected 2,610 pieces of feminine hygiene to be donated to the women at the shelter.
In the Fall, a Back to School Bash was held at High Bridge Glens Park in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. We collected 10,283 pieces of school supplies and held a fun filled day at the park complete with popsicles, crafts, princesses & face painting. Families were invited to come and take as much as they needed, free of charge, to prepare for the upcoming school year.
And in December, again with the help of our community, we were able to collect 1,832 Christmas gifts. A Closet of Caring Christmas event was held where families in need were able to attend and take home gifts to provide to their children from Santa on Christmas morning. Children were then invited for treats, cocoa, photos with Santa and crafts.
Our motto is “When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.”
Growing up, my Dad always told me “You can’t save the entire world, Kimberly.” And he’s right. I can’t. But with the help of the community and financial donations from our supporters, Closet of Caring will help as many of the estimated 1000 homeless people in the Akron area (250 of which are living unsheltered) as we possibly can. And that’s good enough for me.