POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Poplar Bluff High School students in need of clothes, personal hygiene products or classroom supplies now have a discrete place on campus to get those needs filled.
The Giving Closet, located in the school's library, is designed to help meet students' basic needs.
Librarian Marci Priest maintains the inventory of donated items while student volunteers help stock the shelves.
School board member Alana Roberson, who also serves on the Bright Futures advisory board, read about a similar cost-free boutique for poverty-stricken schools in St. Louis and thought they could do something similar at Poplar Bluff.
"We all have kids that need our help," Roberson said.
School administrators said the program offers something many needy kids need: discretion.
"In the past, lacking an element of anonymity might have prevented us from meeting the needs of a child who may not want to come to school because they would freeze to death with no coat, or they don't want their stomach growling until lunch because they didn't eat supper, or they don't have clean clothes," said Misty Dodson, R-I attendance officer. "For a child to be able to just walk in and say, 'I need this,' cuts down on the potential negative feeling they may have in regard to their circumstances.
The Giving Closet currently needs gently-worn winter gear, undergarments, and feminine products.
For more information on the program and on how to make a donation, contact the high school at 573-785-6471.
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