BUCKHANNON — The Mobile Comfort Closet is now available at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. The service offers help for students who need clothing and is strictly confidential.
Next week, services will depend on the state’s School Alert System Map issued Saturday evening. If Upshur County reports as “Orange” or “Red,” the Comfort Closet will remain as a drive-up service behind the school and times will correlate with the food pick-up station. If the county is designated “Green,” “Yellow” or “Gold” and returns to the hybrid model, the service will be available inside the school.
B-UHS received a grant for a Comfort Closet early this year and it is stocked with both donated and purchased clothing.
At the closet, students in need can get the equivalent of one full outfit (top, bottoms, shoes and underwear) once per month for free. Also available at the comfort closet are toiletries, such as shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Communities In Schools (CIS) Site Coordinator Katy Ross explained that for right now, with the schools on remote learning, kids can still access the service while maintaining their privacy. “It’s not something to ever be ashamed of and the resource is there for a reason,” explained Ross. “Most of us have been in some sort of hard place in our lives where we have to ask for help for something. For some people, that’s getting basic needs met.”
Through the grant, the clothes are purchased at retail stores such as Walmart or Gabe’s. The Comfort Closet does accept clothing donations, but it does not have a need for any at this moment. However, they are accepting monetary donations, since the grant has not yet been renewed for next year. If you are interested in donating money, contact CIS Site Coordinator Katy Ross at [email protected] or (304) 460-8844.
Once school is back in session, students will be able to visit the Comfort Closet at the school whenever needed. Students also have the option of visiting the service after school if they do not wish to during school hours.