On Wednesday, January 18, the Woodrow Wilson School Cafeteria was packed with over 400 articles of winter clothing including hats, coats, gloves, and boots. The items were compiled of donated clothing that was new or gently used by people of the community. During our first pop-up closet event, we had a great crowd of volunteers with positive attitudes and outlooks on life, we had high hopes that our second event would be just as successful. In less than two hours, over 50 Metrowest families, equaling approximately 200 individuals were able to obtain winter gear through JFS’ second Pop-Up Closet event! This pop-up event was made possible by the volunteers who donated their time in helping to sort, transport, organize, set up, and clean up the 400 items that were donated from the community and members of the JFS association. The photos attached show the generous donations and numerous number of different articles of clothing accumulated over the past couple of months.
A week after the event, during All Stars and Math Academy, our extended day program at the Woodrow Wilson School, a JFS employee witnessed a young girl playing outside in her new snow boots that she had picked out at the clothing closet. The young girl was so excited to show off her new boots, and other articles of clothing she had picked out at the clothing closet at her school. This small example of joy and gratitude shows impact that the members of the JFS team and volunteers have on the Metrowest community and beyond!
To learn more about this pop-up closet or other future community initiatives hosted by JFS, please contact Kayla Hopkins at 508-875-3100 x.220 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.