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This is just one of several rooms that comprise the 10,000 square feet of space that make up the Dracut based distribution center for the organization. Cockrell calls it “command central.”

These items will eventually be sent to Catie’s Closets distribution sites located inside roughly 65 schools stretching from canada goose outlet montreal the Merrimack Valley to Boston. The organization helps 30,000 students canada goose outlet mall from pre kindergarten to high school below the poverty line or temporarily in need.

Catie’s Closet uses around 300 volunteers to make it happen.

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Cockrell and Trombly took time to show off several rooms inside the distribution center. The spaces included shelves lined with bottles of shampoo, detergent, body soap and toothpaste. There are also rooms with ties, belts, hairbrushes, combs, hair ties, scarves and handbags. There’s everything from feminine and shaving products, deodorant, makeup and makeup remover, and dresses, swimwear, school supplies and uniforms.

“It’s Christmas every day at Catie’s Closet,” said Cockrell, while showing off a room dedicated to shoes and sneakers, brand new and still in a box.

Catie Bisson, Cockrell and Trombly’s niece, was the inspiration for Catie’s Closet. Bisson, a 2008 graduate of Lowell High, died at age 20 in March 2010 due to a connective tissue disorder called Loeys Dietz syndrome. During her lifetime, she had canada goose outlet sale 40 surgeries, with her first major heart surgery at age 10. Lowell canada goose outlet location High School approached Bisson’s family, including her parents Anne Marie Sousa and canada goose outlet in chicago Victor Bisson, to see if they would consider a scholarship in Bisson’s name. The thought among her family was a scholarship would be to the benefit of only one student at a time.

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Here’s how it works: Donations are gathered, inventoried and placed where they belong at the distribution center. The merchandise is then moved to the individual Catie’s Closets, which are converted spaces inside each participating school. Students who need the items are given free and discreet access to the closet by faculty members. The space is regularly restocked with donated age appropriate clothing with the season taken into account.

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