‘Bless Your Sole’

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Ashley Wilson outside Curt’s Closet (Tribune file photo)

Curt’s Closet gears up for back to school with shoe drive

CULLMAN, Ala. – Five years in, Cullman’s Curt’s Closet, a clothing ministry that offers children of families in need a chance to “shop” in a boutique setting without any cost to the customer, is now one of the biggest charitable organizations in the area. Donations are up, but so is the need.

“God has blessed Curt’s Closet beyond measures,” said founder Ashley Wilson. “We have grown tremendously since moving to our new location at 1101 Third Ave. SE. Curt’s Closet’s donation volume has increased, along with the number of families we serve. I believe with the help of this community to spread the word on Curt’s Closet mission. 

“And along with the increase of living expenses, more families are coming to Curt’s Closet for our services. We are so thankful for the continued support from everyone, so we are able to meet these needs.” 

Relocating to a new and larger facility two years ago allowed Curt’s Closet to expand its reach with a bigger showroom and a freestanding warehouse to store donated items.  The result has been an ability to serve more clients, and the ability to make new offerings like Christmas program Curt’s Christmas. Plans are in the works to offer even more.

Wilson told The Tribune, “We are in the stages of hopefully expanding to provide an area to store the needed increase of clothing and shoes to keep in stock, along with having ample room to allow multiple volunteers at one time. This is exciting news for Curt’s Closet and the community.”

Get involved

On July 1, 2023, Curt’s Closet will kick off “Bless Your Sole,” a month-and-a-half-long shoe drive with a goal of providing 2,000 pairs of new tennis shoes to local kids for the start of the 2023-24 school year. Wilson and her staff have set up wish lists on Amazon and Walmart.com, and can accept monetary donations through PayPal. If you like the hands-on approach, Curt’s Closet has multiple drop-off sites around town. To get involved or find more information, visit https://sites.google.com/view/curtscloset or find Curt’s Closet on Facebook.

Not just shoes

“As we gear up for back-to-school rush,” said Wilson, “our greatest needs are blue jeans, new tennis shoes and backpacks. Curt’s Closet does accept new and used items, but we believe every child deserves to know the feeling of new tennis shoes for back to school.”

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