by Staff Writer:
Two years ago Laura Graham, a junior at Bishop O’Dowd started 1 Closet collecting gently used clothing for needy teens, what she calls ‘Teen 2 Teen’ giving. San Ramon Valley Unified School District students have clearly opened their closets in support of this young charity.
San Ramon Valley High School teacher Janet Wilford and her leadership students had held two clothing drives since Graham reached out for help with a third successful drive in September bringing in an excess of 700 garments. SRVHS plans to hold another drive in the spring. Garments donated will become part of Graham’s back to school donations in August.
Monte Vista leadership teacher Andrea Greco and her students wrapped up their first 1 Closet drive in November. Donations exceeded 1000 garments, their largest single drive ever held.
California High leadership student Megan Williams is planning Cal High’s first 1 Closet clothing drive early next year, said Graham. Cal High’s drive as in other SRVUSD high schools should be a success. Dougherty Valley students held a drive earlier this year collecting over 300 garments.
This school year, SRVUSD students have kicked off what Graham hopes will be the most successful year. “Their generosity makes a difference, helping to change the lives of teens in need”. “This has been a great year, forming this 501C3, receiving the Jefferson and Red Cross Awards and having so many teens donate”.
To date, 1 Closet has collected and donated over 7,000 garments. To donate, or for more information visit 1-Closet.com.