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Bobcat’s Closet offers clothing for kids in need

Staff Report~ 9/3/2014

SCOTTSDALE – Children in need in the Cave Creek Unified School District have some help with start-of-school new clothes, thanks to Bobcat’s Closet.

Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills has created Bobcat's Closet, located at Black Mountain Elementary School.  An unused classroom at BMES was converted to a retail-type environment, filled with children’s school clothes.

The concept for Bobcat's Closet came from Matt Owsley, principal at BMES. The school started collecting clothing for those families who can benefit from a little help outfitting their children for school.  Bobcat’s Closet is named for the official mascot of BMES.

Karen Tuffs, CCUSD Board member and Soroptimist member, shared, “We have received over $2,000 in brand new items to mix in with the gently-used donations from our community. The response has been wonderful.”

Carol Zelaya, President of Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills noted, “Any help with funding or clothing is so deeply appreciated, not only by the Soroptimist club and all those at BMES, but by the families and their children. There is a huge need for this service as demonstrated by the heavy use of Bobcat's Closet.  It’s such a great feeling to help a young person feel good about themselves as they enter those school doors every day.”

For a schedule of shopping hours or to set up a private appointment for a discretionary shopping experience, please contact BMES at (480) 575-2100.

In order to make donations of new or gently-used clothing or monetary donations (used to supplement sizes and needs not met by clothing donations and to purchase personal items such as socks and under garments), please contact Karen Tuffs at (480) 221-8623.