Free donation closet opens tonight in Pleasanton

At 'The Hanger,' free clothing ranges from suits to baby shoes

Pleasanton school district will hold a soft opening of its new donation closet, The Hangar, Thursday night for low-income residents to receive free clothing.

The donation closet in room 703B at Village High School will open Thursday from 6-8 p.m., director of special education Marla Silversmith said. The district is also encouraging families to donate clothing they no longer need.

"They just need to be someone who has a need. They don't have to have a student in the district," she said. "We just know that we have extra clothes in the community, and we want to turn it around and make sure everyone has a warm winter."

The donation room will open officially during a ceremony in January, she said.

The Hangar will be staffed by Pleasanton Unified special education students who will learn critical job-training skills as part of the curriculum. Students sixth grade and up will be able to participate in running the shop.

"They're learning things like washing and folding and hanging and also learning personal shopping for people," Silversmith said.

Families who would like to donate items can drop them off at the donation room or at the district's special education office at 4661 Bernal Ave.

"One of the big things we're hearing from parents is, 'My kid is going to grow out of these shorts before next year.' So give them to us," she said. "We have everything from baby clothes to suits to rain coats. We're open to taking anything. We're just trying to build it right now."

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4 people like this
Posted by Laura
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 3, 2015 at 10:11 am

Awesome idea, thanks for making it happen.

2 people like this
Posted by Sabryna
a resident of Las Positas Garden Homes
on Dec 3, 2015 at 11:01 am

You should post this on there are always people requesting clothes as well as giving away.

2 people like this
Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

A GOOD DEED...Thank You!

2 people like this
Posted by Ron Sutton
a resident of Mission Park
on Dec 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Nice combination of benefits.
Thank you for organizing such an endeavor.
Best of luck.

2 people like this
Posted by Ptone Ian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

Good news! Thanks for doing this.

2 people like this
Posted by kathy steyaert
a resident of Country Fair
on Dec 4, 2015 at 10:55 am

You are a superstar, Marla Silversmith! Thank you for providing opportunities for the receivers, those who donate and the students! How awesome!

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