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Hannah’s Closet to help find clothes for foster children

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By Stephen Thomas

  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Hannah Thompson hopes to help a lot of people in the area with an issue near to her own heart.

Hannah’s mother, Jennie, is a foster parent. Hannah has lived with foster siblings on a regular basis.

The 15-year-old North Bullitt sophomore established Hannah’s Closet, an opportunity to assist foster families with much-needed clothing supplies for the children.

Hannah said the concept involved offering clothes to the children who have nothing when they arrive at a new home.

“(Parents) get vouchers but it takes a while to receive them,” she said. “This gives them a little something until then.”

Hannah participating in track, cross country and archery at North Bullitt. She is a member of the student council, the student cabinet and the Pep Club.

She is currently applying for enrollment into the Gatton Academy, a program offered by Western Kentucky University in which high school students earn 60 college credit hours during their junior and senior years.

She said creating and organizing Hannah’s Closet helped with her program resume.

Eventually Hannah hopes to study Marine Biology. Her ultimate goal is to study whales, specifically Blue Whales, to help them from becoming extinct.

Hannah’s Closet is collecting donated items in a room donated by Bullitt Masonic Lodge 155 in Shepherdsville,who is offering a room for a short time.

The distribution will last exactly one month, from Oct. 24 through Nov. 24. Hannah said foster parents can call, set a date to visit and then select clothes.

Jennie said Hannah will maintain statistical data from the families during the month, information that could be helpful in determining a need to host Hannah’s Closet on a full-time basis.

“She’s hoping for it to be permanent, but we must determine the amount of need, and the data will help,” Jennie said.

Informational letters were distributed to 11 private agencies and three state agencies covering Bullitt, Jefferson and Anderson County.

Hannah has also received assistance from her church, Little Flock Baptist, where boxes were on display and filled with donations.

Hannah was inspired by a project created in New York, Threads for Teens, that recently visited the Louisville area.

“They gave me the idea that I could actually do something like this,” she said. “I learned about reaching out to the community.”

Jennie said any clothes of any size could be donated from babies to extra sizes. She said the clothing should be in good, wearable condition. Hannah’s Closet in also in need of donated hangers.

Hannah’s Closet is attempting to contact as many foster parents as they can to participate in the month-long drive. Jennie said anyone interested in becoming a foster parent could also contact them for assistance.

For more information on Hannah’s Closet call (502) 905-7883.