DONATIONS NEEDED: Abilene ISD clothes 1,200 homeless students | KTAB

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Did you know that there are approximately 1,200 college students in Abilene who are classified as homeless? AISD Homeless Liaison Closet provides the necessary supplies for these students, and they now urgently need clothes.

“It’s good to see them excited to come in and pick out clothes,” says Elizabeth Gray, community relations specialist at the Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union and closet volunteer.

Volunteers worked to make the Homeless Liaison Cabinet look like a store.

“For them, it’s just walking in and not sorting shelves randomly, but it’s organized,” says Linsey Green, president of the Junior League of Abilene’s homeless youth program and closet volunteer.

Why are they doing this? Because Darrin Cox, homeless foster home liaison for AISD, says there are currently 950 homeless students and 260 foster students in AISD.

“The smallest of gifts can help,” Cox says.

Gray says she volunteers in that closet because she “experienced it firsthand as far as seeing it and having kids live with me.”

Green volunteers because of the impact the closet has on Abilene.

“I hadn’t quite realized the need in our community,” says Green.

Now the closet needs your help.

“In January, with the cold weather and everything,” Cox says, “we were really taken with our jeans, our long pants, our sweats, things like that.”

Cox says a classified homeless student includes students who live in hotels and motels or students who live in cars or temporary accommodation.

“The homeless student fits our definition of homelessness. This doesn’t always fit the definition of homeless hud.

Although others may refuse this student, Gray says, “Darrin will never refuse a child if he needs something. They will still be able to come in and get what they need.

Green says it’s important to help these students because “it’s our future, our children.”

So how can you help? Cox says they desperately need new or lightly worn jeans in the following sizes:

Girls jeans: 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 14, 16

Boy jeans: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20

They also need men’s boxers in small, medium and large sizes.

Cox says they mostly need Walmart or Target gift cards so they can buy specific items the kids need.

To donate, contact Cox at 325-725-3682.

Elizabeth J. Harless