Threads of Hope Closet
As its founding project, Threads of Hope holds a special place in the heart of our founder Grace. Too sick and weak to attend school, Grace donated most of her brand-new back-to-school clothes to two little girls who had recently moved into Harford Family House with their family in 2011 after losing everything in a fire. After living in a motel then their car, they moved into Harford Family House. Harford Family House is the county's largest homeless program for in-tact families.
Too sick to deliver the clothes, Grace could not join her mom in making the delivery. When her mother told Grace how happy the girls were, Grace knew she'd do this work the rest of her life.
To date, the We Cancerve Movement has donated more than 200 new and like-new back-to-school outfits for children. We've been able to clothe these children thanks to the wonderful support of the local community. On average, each community sponsor spent about $30 per outfit.
The ExpansionIn 2019, We Cancerve began planning the Threads of Hope project expansion with a search for a custom-builder to design and deliver portable closets for a new, permanent location. A big “thank you” goes to Martell Betters, former Board Member Jaydn Betters’ father, who designed, built, and delivered wheeled units to the permanent site of the Threads of Hope Closet. Our founder also secured donations of a shelving unit with storage bins from IKEA. We were able to purchase high-end clothing for a huge discount from our friends at Tiny Toes, a Bel Air, MD based children's boutique, before they closed due to COVID. The static resource will serve the entire school community at Halls Cross Roads Elementary School, a community school whose engagement model serves as a blueprint for other Title I schools desiring to achieve true partnership and expanded resources for students and their families. After several delays due to COVID-19, the Threads of Hope Closet is scheduled to open in Spring 2022.
In addition to providing brand-new casual clothes such as jogging suits, jeans, khakis, tee shirts and brand-new socks to early Pre-K through 5th grade students throughout the school year, the Threads of Hope Closet opened in Spring 2022 and now includes dressier clothes for:
Band and Choir Concerts
Promotion to Middle School Ceremony
Special Assemblies and Special Family Occasions
Boutique owners, retail managers and buyers: you are invited to donate excess inventory, store returns and refurbished bulk lots to this effort. Please help us connect with you today. We'd love to arrange a meeting. Tell us whom to call or write by contacting us today.
(L-R) Cloth cubes donated by IKEA; shelving units donated by IKEA and custom-built shelves designed by Martelle Betters