Clothing Bank Provides Opportunities For Students

KENDALLVILLE – Knight’s Kloset, a clothing bank operated by the East Noble School Corporation’s Alternative Learning Center, is an invaluable resource available for all Noble County families.

Founded in 2011, Knight’s Kloset is the combination of an idea of a School Social Worker who wanted to help those in the community, combined with the need of a college intern, who was working on a Masters Degree, to create a program.

In its first year, Knight’s Kloset served 11 families and in 2017, there was a total of 21 families assisted. Referrals come in through organizations such as churches, Trustees, and The American Red Cross, where they are listed as a crisis resource for families in Noble County who experience a catastrophe such as a home fire or flood.

Donations of all types of clothing and school supplies are accepted, including maternity and newborn sizes through adults, hats to shoes and everything in between, except used underwear.

East Noble students sort and inspect donated clothing to ensure the items are in good condition. They then launder the items and store them in a room where they are organized by size, type, and gender and are ready to be given to those in need. Participating in Knight’s Kloset is a good learning experience for the students who choose to be involved. Not only do the students receive Community Service Credit (1 credit for 48 hours of work and an essay about the work) towards graduation, but they also help provide a valuable and unforgettable service to those in need in the community.

If you have new or gently used clothing or school supplies you would like to donate, or if you are in need of assistance, call Belinda Justus, Director of the East Noble Alternative Learning Center at 260-349-0814 (fax 260-347-1242) to make arrangements. Please be aware that the clothing bank is only available by appointment, as it is housed on East Noble School Corporation property.