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Grant to Marian's Closet helps purchase socks, underwear

Marian's Closet building
Marian's Closet is located at 154 East St. in Wadsworth.

Nestled on a quite side street near downtown Wadsworth, you will find an unassuming storefront that is home to Marian's Closet.

Founded in 2007 with humble beginnings as the annual clothing drive of Wadsworth's First Christian Church, Marian's Closet now distributes more than one million items per year to families in need.

While clothing is still its primary focus, Marian's Closet also offers personal care items, school supplies, toys, home furnishings and light appliances. Ongoing projects in conjunction with area churches include the “Breakfast for Summer” cereal collection and disposable diaper drives.

Anyone can shop at Marian's Closet. All items are free, but they do ask for a $10 fee per family, per year. If a family cannot afford the fee, they may volunteer for two hours to cover it. Clients are limited to the number of items they can receive per year, allowing Marian's Closet to serve more families.

Group of teens
Marian's Closet relies on volunteers to provide its needed services.

Marian's Closet partners with a number of Medina County nonprofits to extend their outreach. These include Wadsworth FISH, Salvation Army, the Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County, Operation Homes and several area food pantries.

In 2016, the Medina County Community Fund was proud to award a grant of $1,550 to Marian's Closet to provide new socks and underwear for disadvantaged families in Medina County. Many of the items will go to children whose parents cannot afford back-to-school expenses.

"By providing moms and dads an opportunity to meet basic daily needs for their children and themselves, such as clean socks and underwear, it opens the opportunity for their limited funds to be spent on other needs, such as rent, utilities and food," said Executive Director Michelle Boni. "It also improves their self-image and provides hope as they start the school year. Each year, parents are burdened with back-to-school expenses, and this grant makes a real, tangible monetary difference to our families."

Boni accepted the grant at MCCF's annual Spring into Summer event. For more information about Marian's Closet, visit www.marianscloset.org or call 330-336-3642.

See more grants awarded from the Medina County Community Fund.