LCRC expands services with Community Closet


Photo courtesy of Jillian Smith

Senior Jillian Smith interns with the Community Closet. Stop by Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to donate or shop.

Josie Walker, Reporter/Photographer

  The Louisa County Resource Council recently expanded its services with the grand opening of the Community Closet in its new location March 15.

 The Community Closet gives area residents a place to donate and purchase clothing, appliances, toys, household items and so much more. 

  The merchandise customers will find is like-new or gently used. The mission of the closet is to provide clothing for those in the community who are in need. 

  “New clothes play a big role in a person’s self-esteem,” Executive Director of LCRC Lloyd Runnett said.  Whether it is new clothes for school or professional dress for a job interview, the Closet plans to have it covered. 

  The Closet is a great way for the community to support and help each other during these times. Not only do they provide affordable, quality clothing, all the money they raise from sales goes to provide food for children in the community. Proceeds are used for the LCRC’s Children’s Feeding Programs for initiatives like the Children’s Backpack Program, which sends food and snacks home to students during school breaks for those living in food insecurity. 

  A great way for students to get involved in this worthy cause is by donating clothes the next time they clean out their closet, contacting the LCRC for information on volunteering, or going by to check out what the Closet has to offer.

  Senior Jillian Smith is an intern with the Louisa County Resource Council this semester. One of her duties while working with the LCRC is sorting donations and preparing the items for sale. 

  “As a thrifter myself, I enjoy looking through the clothing and seeing the impact [the Closet] is making on the community,” senior Jillian Smith said.   

  “There is a need right now for clothing for children and teens.  There are baby and toddler sizes, but after that, there is definitely a deficit,” Smith said.

  Students, this is a perfect way to help your community, stop by 144 Resource Lane to drop off donations or shop Monday-Thursday 9 am-3 pm. Contact the LCRC at [email protected] for more information.