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The Foster Closet

The Foster Closet

We provide foster children with new & like-new clothing and other items that they may not have when moving to a new foster home. Each child is given a new pair of pajamas, new socks/underwear, and outfit (if available) on their first visit to the closet. We also support our foster families with diapers, pull ups, wipes, and formula as available to remove some of their financial strain. Children are able to “shop” for an unlimited number of like-new items at no cost.

The goal of the resource closet is to build up the children and allow them to pick items for themselves.

New Items

This is our office and shows some of the new items that we have available to children. There are pillows, blankets, and shoes along with the undergarments and pajamas.

The Big Kid Room

This room is designed with bigger kids in mind. Size 5T to Adult XL clothes are displayed in this room for children to pick out their items as if they were shopping in a store.

New Sports Section

This is a new area for us this year- we want to make sure our kids are ready to support their team of choice! We would love additional NEW items to add to our selection. GO TEAM!

Costumes & Winter Coats

Updating the seasonal room for the cooler weather!

 

Quality over Quantity

Donation Guidelines

The Gratiot County Foster Closet provides FREE clothing and essentials  to children in care. Our goal is to provide the children in our local area with clothing that is similar to the apparel of their peers.

Clothing
How to donate clothing:

  • All items should be folded
  • One size per bag
  • Shoes paired
  • Not accepted:  stains/ tears/ holes/ pilling/ broken zippers

Accepted clothing:  NEW preferred, Like New Accepted

  • Preemie thru 3XL
  • Socks and underwear must be NEW
  • Stylish/current trends
  • Pants, leggings, skirts, dresses,  shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, coats, suits, formal dresses, PJ’s,  shoes (focus on tennis shoes, school shoes, boots,and dress shoes), swimwear, tights
Toys
How to donate toys:

  • Sets and complete with all pieces
  • Ziplocked or bagged together
  • Wooden puzzles saran wrapped
  • Games complete
  • Not accepted: incomplete sets, McDonalds toys, used stuffed animals, dirty, torn, stained

Toy Wishlist

  • Infant/ Toddler Learning toys
  • Ninja Turtles, Duplos, Legos, Star Wars, GI Joe, Magna Tiles, Kapla Blocks,  My Little Pony, Barbies, American Girl, Baby dolls (all races/genders), whatever else you can find at a toy store these days 🙂
  • Sport Balls: Soccer, Basketball, Playground balls, Footballs
  • Skateboards, Bikes
  • Bluetooth headphones
Baby Gear
How to Donate Baby Gear

  • All items should be clean
  • Not Accepted: Cribs older than 2012 (no drop down sides) , recalled items

Baby Gear Wishlist

  • Cribs
  • Toddler Beds
  • Crib Mattresses ( no holes or tears)
  • High chairs
  • Swings
  • Bouncer chairs
  • slings/ carriers/ and wraps
  • Strollers
Car Seats
  • Must not be expired
  • Have at least 14 Months left before expiration
  • No car accidents
  • Clean

Car Seat Wishlist

  • New seats
  • Infant bucket seats
  • Rear Facing 5pt.
  • Forward facing 5pt.
Hygiene Products
  • Not Accepted: Adult Depends
  • Not Accepted:  open/used  bottles
  • Not Accepted: dirty or broken hair brushes, clips.
  • Diapers package can be open

Hygiene Products Wishlist

  • Shampoo, Conditioner, African American Hair care products, body wash (AXE and Bath and body works are huge hits), Children’s shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash, Baby Shampoo, Baby wash, Diaper Cream, Lotion, Deodorant, Razors, Hair ties, Headbands, Hair Spray, Gel, Acne wash, soap, adult  toothbrushes,  kids toothbrushes, toddler toothbrushes,  toothpaste for all, dental picks, floss, perfume, cologne, body sprays, diapers, wipes, pull-ups, pads and tampons, nail clippers and files, nail polish
Furniture, Housewares, & Textiles
  • Items accepted: twin bed frames, twin mattresses/box springs (no stains), bunk beds, dressers
  • We keep a small assortment of housewares for youth aging out: accepted items dish set for 4, silverware, cups, pots and pans, microwaves
  • Baby bottles/nipples, sippy cups, childrens dishes
  • Childrens bedroom decor
  • Pillows must be NEW
  • Sheet sets for cribs/twin/full
  • Comforter/quilt sets
  • Baby towels/washcloths
  • Fleece blankets
  • Homemade pillowcases
  • NOT ACCEPTED at the closet, but we can usually connect to a older youth in need: Full/Queen sized beds/mattresses, desks, couches, dining tables, chairs, lamps, rugs
School Supplies
  • Wide rule and college, spiral notebooks, loose leaf paper, composition notebooks, three ring binders
  • Graphing Calculators
  • Crayola Crayons, Colored Pencils, Markers, #2 pencils, mechanical pencils, black/blue/red pens
  • Rulers, index cards, erasers, folders, pencil sharpeners, staplers, art supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes

Bag wish list

  • New Duffels
  • New Backpacks/ lunchboxes
Items NOT ACCEPTED
  • Knick knacks
  • Unsorted clothing
  • Broken, soiled, torn items
  • Electrical items
  • Construction materials
  • VHS
  • Books with personal writing, missing pages

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