Our awesome project provides students in the Poughkeepsie City School District with the basic necessities of personal hygiene products so that every student in the city of Poughkeepsie can come to school feeling healthy and ready to learn. Teen Closet operates a full stocked closet at Poughkeepsie High School and a satellite closet at Poughkeepsie Middle School, while providing 2 bulk-deliveries of items to all district elementary schools in the fall and spring.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, our hygiene supplies have dwindled as our need has increased. Many of our families have low-income jobs. The families tend to be large and simply stocking up the pantry can be an impossible financial hurdle, causing person hygiene and self care items to be deemed a luxury. Providing personal hygiene, is a small gesture of kindness that promotes self-dignity through cleanliness.
The impact of Teen Closet includes providing 2,500 hygiene products, clothing items, and school supplies to students throughout the district in the 2021-2022 school year. In addition, Teen Closet creates back-to-school bags for each Poughkeepsie Middle and High School classroom, containing important hygiene items and also raising awareness of the organization's existence and accessibility. Teen Closet also hosts a Penny Social for seniors pursuing higher education in which shower caddies stocked with hygiene supplies and several large gift baskets are given to Poughkeepsie High School seniors. As the elementary schools do not have closets, Teen Closet provides requested hygiene items to the students twice per year; last year's contribution totaled $3,000 worth of hygiene items.
Funded by Poughkeepsie, NY (August 2022)