As we prepare for back to school, many families will struggle to afford things like clothes, shoes and school supplies.
An Alice woman saw the need and decided to do something about it. She opened up Coyote Closet through the Alice Independent School District.
"Everybody has their own story and all you do is try your best to make sure that you are able to meet the needs of the kids, at the end of the day that is what this is about," said Anjanette Benavides.
Coyote Closet is located in a classroom at the old Nayer School Building located on 501 Cactus.
Benavides was inspired to open up the closet several years ago when she noticed that kids were skipping school because they didn't have the proper clothes to wear. "They didn't have a pair of shoes or it was cold and they didn't have a coat, or they're sitting there in clothes that were too small or too big or not clean," said Benavides.
Benavides began by collecting items out of her car, but over the years it's expanded to a classroom, which is run by volunteers. The room is organized by uniform t-shirts, jeans, shoes, food, and hygiene products.
Rose Gonzales is one of the many mother's who has used the organizations help. She says, her three daughters were able to receive a week's worth of clothes. "It's a load off your shoulders, because you get worried, what is my kid going to wear? If it wasn't for this closet, my kids wouldn't be able to start school," said Gonzalez.
Benavides says the closet has helped hundreds of families but supplies runs low right before the start of the school year.
Coyote Closet is in desperate need of jeans, khaki shorts, tennis shoes, solid color polo shirts or tee shirts and packages of socks and underwear.
If you would like to help, you can visit Coyote Closet on Facebook or call 361-701-1639.
If you are a family in need, you must be referred to the organization through the school or an agency. Benavides says, she needs to verify that the child is enrolled in a local school in order to receive the help.
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