Oak View Middle School students start community closet in Newberry

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 7:05 PM EDT
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Oak View Middle School students are hosting a “back-to-school” community closet for the upcoming school year.

The idea originated from the girls’ small group class at Destiny Community Church, where they decided they wanted to make a difference.

Lorelai Crehore, a middle-school student at Oak View, says their small group leader “always likes to say that God blesses us so we can bless others. So we’re just trying to take our clothes that we don’t need anymore and give it back to the people in the community who need help.”

Clothing and toiletry donations have been received from all over Alachua County. The girls have collected roughly 2200 donations to provide 300 personal hygiene bags.

Along with every giveaway, everyone who stops by also gets a handmade bracelet.

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These efforts in the Newberry community haven’t gone unnoticed. I spoke with Mayor and educator Jordan Marlowe who says he’s proud of these girls.

When asked about this group of girls, Marlowe says that “Our community, this is the kind of stuff they do all the time and it’s amazing. It just makes you smile, it makes you have hope for the future that our kids are being raised in a community where they put others before themselves. They give up the last moments of their free summer to put other people’s needs, other people’s desires in front of their own.”

The community closet will be held at the Newberry Municipal Building from 10 AM to 2 PM this Saturday, August 7th.

The girls want to help as many students as possible. They’re expecting around 100 Newberry students to attend.

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