“My Neighbor’s Closet” is open again this weekend.
The annual event which helps provide clothing and supplies for Cooperstown families in need will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the high school cafeteria.
Sponsored by the Cooperstown Angel Network, and open to students and their families in the Cooperstown School District, the annual project is designated to help struggling families in the area by creating an opportunity for people with extra essential items to easily and anonymously pass them along.
For weeks, The Angel Network, headed up by Stephanie Nelen, president, and Alyssa McGoldrick, liason between school and community, has been receiving donations of new and gently used clothing, storing the bags in a helpful friend’s garage in town.
“Basically, we need fall and winter clothing, along with shoes, boots and coats for school-aged children K - 12. Generally the sizes are 5/6 all the way up to adult,” McGoldrick said while standing in front of the garage, while high-school volunteers worked diligently, sorting the items into genders and sizes.
“Helpful, too,” she adds, “are snow pants. We work getting needed clothing to students throughout the year, but by the time really cold weather gets here, snow pants are harder to find.”
McGoldrick also said that socks and underwear are always useful, but, of course, need to be donated new.
The Cooperstown Angel Network was started about nine years ago in typical grass roots fashion.
“One of my friends was volunteering, helping a teacher out in a kindergarten class, when it became apparent, there was a birthday for one of the children, but none of the usual parent-provided cupcakes. The sad student revealed her mother didn’t have the means to bring them in,” said Noelle Hage, one of the original founders of the organization, who no longer lives in Cooperstown, but was at the sorting site nonetheless, volunteering. “My friend raced home, baked some cupcakes, and took them back to the school in time to celebrate.”