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Pop-up Closet Benefits More than 60

November 29, 2018
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The College's first pop-up clothes closet was a success, said Betsy Harrison, chair of the College's Care Team and dean of Student Services.

More than 60 students, faculty and staff took advantage of a Pop-up Clothes Closet at Thomas Nelson’s Hampton campus on Nov. 27. The College's Care Team accepted donations on Nov. 26 in the Espada Room in Moore Hall, and the closet was open from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. the following day.

Students, faculty and staff from campuses in Hampton and the Historic Triangle donated cold-weather gear and professional attire. The Care Team donated the items that were left over to Goodwill. 

The idea for the closet came more than a year ago when Assistant Professor and Communications Department Chair Anthony Fotinos reached out to Betsy Harrison, Care Team chair and dean of Student Services. Fotinos had clothes he wanted to donate to students in need. Harrison couldn’t find any storage space on campus, but she came up with the idea of a pop-up closet. The big benefit is it would disappear after its use so no storage space was needed.

“I am not sure who appreciated the event more, the individuals who donated the items or the individuals who needed them,” Harrison said.

The clothes closet joins the Care Team's lineup of worthy initiatives. Comprised of administrators, faculty and staff, the group also provides food pantries at Thomas Nelson campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg. Monetary donations to Thomas Nelson’s Educational Foundation help keep pantry shelves stocked. Donated funds allow the College to purchase food from the Peninsula Food Bank at reasonable cost. Visit www.tncc.edu/foundation  to contribute.

In another initiative, the team provides an online Thomas Nelson Resource Guide. Accessible HERE, the guide identifies numerous helpful resources and services throughout the Peninsula.