Clothing bags & gift cardsdistributed last year
With your help, we can do more
When Ann Bearse spoke at the Bayberry Quilters meeting a few years ago, she brought a sample bag of clothing with her to show what the children receive. The clothes were in a small black trash bag with a masking tape sticker that showed the recipients name. The Bayberry ladies were very impressed with the mission of the closet but one small thing was amiss. Is that how you deliver the clothes to the kids..in a trash bag?? Well that was the last time kids received their clothes in a trash bag.
The wonderful Bayberry Quilters and Quilt Bank members have taken on the mission of sewing our clothing bags for us. Last year we had 1182 orders and each one had their clothes and gift cards delivered in a beautiful handmade bag. For many children, this bag serves as a school bag, a beautiful pillowcase or their suitcase as they travel to homeless shelters or foster homes.
With a record breaking 299 requests for clothing and gift cards this August, our bag supply was quickly depleted. One our our volunteers, Barb, saw Lu Obarowski from Bayberry Quilters in the church parking lot and quickly ran to explain our dilemma. That was on a Sunday and Monday was the quilters meeting. Lu put out a call to all the members and at Monday’s meeting their sole focus was to make bags for us. By Tuesday, Cindy from Sandwich Stichers had delivered dozens of bags after receiving Lu’s call for help. Right after she left, Lu pulled up and unloaded more than 100 bags to fill our empty shelves.
Katelynn’s Closet is ever so grateful to Bayberry Quilters and the Quilt Bank and their affiliates for caring so very much for our children to help us continue our mission. On behalf of those children, who are so excited to receive their beautiful bag, we send our sincere appreciation.
We are so excited to announce that the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation has given Katelynn’s Closet a check for $4500.00 to Foot the Bill for all 300 pairs of sneakers! We sincerely appreciate their commitment to serving the needy children on the Cape and Islands.
The foundation was started by Paul and Lila Lorusso when “in 1971, personal tragedy struck. The Lorusso’s 17 year old son and only child Lyndon, died when a large gravel loader tipped over onto him … Grief stricken Paul and Lila took a European trip – and it was on this trip that they decided to start the Lyndon Lorusso Charitable Foundation in order to keep his memory alive.
Since Lyndon’s Lorusso’s death, the words of the poet Emily Dickinson “I shall not live in vain,” have become the driving force of Paul and Lila Lorusso’s lives as they have endeavored to create living accomplishments for their son.”
Through the tragedy of Lyndon’s death and Katelynn’s death, both families have turned their tragedies into good works to help children in need.
The connection to the foundation was made when Thomas Milkey from Grand Cove Productions offered to do some PSA work for us. Thomas got to know the good works of Katelynn’s Closet when he did some video work for our wonderful supporter, George Davis Inc.
Thomas quickly understood our mission and the need to provide Back to School clothes and sneakers for the 300 children we expect to serve in August and September. He was quickly able to put us in touch with the Lorusso Foundation and they responded so generously by footing the whole bill for our sneakers. We are truly grateful to Thomas for believing in our mission and helping orchestrate the connection to the foundation.
On behalf of the children we serve, we thank the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation so very much for seeing the need for the sneakers. We are forever grateful for your generous donation.
We also want to thank the many generous individuals and businesses who have been sending in donations to help us Foot the Bill. Your kindness is a blessing to us and will allow us to continue to provide the sneakers we need throughout the year.
With your help, we can do more