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Antigo High School student starts closet to help students in needSubmitted: 10/23/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

Antigo High School student starts closet to help students in need
ANTIGO - "This looks like an expensive brand," said Coriana Lowery as she looked through a rack of clothes. 

Lowery doesn't typically wear expensive brands. 

"I've actually been bullied because I'm poor," she said.  


The Antigo High School sophomore says her family can't always afford new clothes. Now, she's hoping the recently added Red Robin Clothing Closet inside of Antigo High School can help her and other students in similar situations. 

"We're getting nice things for students to wear so that they have that available to them and we also have hygiene products in case they need them," said Ambralynn Nelson, founder of the Red Robin Clothing Closet. 

Nelson, who's a junior, initiated the project after seeing some of her classmates in need of clothes, shoes, and accessories. 

"They're not going [into] to the winter in just long sleeve or sweatshirts. They have a jacket so they're not cold," said Nelson. 

Donations to the Red Robin Closet come from students and the community. Antigo High School students are welcome to take what they need. They can simply go to the classroom on Friday's during their study hall. If they find something that they like, they can take it, but they are limited to five items per visit.

"Everybody kind of goes through rough patches and spots and if we kind of come together during those, it'll never be a taboo feeling that it's not okay to reach a handout to someone who needs it," said School Counselor Bree Kratz
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The clothing closet, which offers things like jackets, shoes, and dresses, is run by student volunteers.

"Somedays I'll be driving to school and kids are wearing shorts when it's 20 degrees out and that kind of makes my heart hurt because now I know some people can't afford the nice winter clothing," said senior Madi Langseth. 

Nelson and Lowery say they hope any students wanting clothes will accept the help. They want others to know being in need isn't something to be embarrassed about. 

"I just feel like it's something that nobody should have to feel judged for. They should be able to come up and just accept help and get what they need [and] maybe be able to give back later," said Nelson. 

"You don't have to be afraid to [go in] or anything because the donations are for you in need and it's to help you. Not embarrass you or make you scared," said Lowery. 

Donations to the Red Robin Clothing Closet are welcome. They can be brought to the main office at the high school. Staff ask that donations be labeled "Clothing Closet Donations". The clothing closet is in need of hangers, clothing racks, clothing, shoes, backpacks, new hygiene products, new socks, coats, boots, hats and gloves.


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