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Poplar Bluff High School establishes donation closet for emergency student needs

PBHS Librarian Marci Priest displays a tote of granola bars donated by Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. PBHS Librarian Marci Priest displays a tote of granola bars donated by Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Poplar Bluff students establish a supply closet for some of life’s essentials that they might not be able to afford, otherwise.

The Giving Closet was created earlier this year in the school’s library. It supplies clothes, hygiene products, or classroom supplies to students who might not have a way to get them, otherwise. The process is very discrete, so students aren’t embarrassed.

Librarian Maci Priest runs the closet and keeps the shelves stocked.

“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,” R-I Attendance Officer Misty Dodson explained. “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 program is constantly in need of donations. Right now, they need gently worn, or new winter outerwear, undergarments, and feminine products.

To figure out how to donate, or for more information, contact the high school at 573-785-6471.

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