To spread a little joy and raise money for needy families, a Midvalley nonprofit is getting creative.
Jessup-based Jenny’s Kloset started in August 2008, under the umbrella of 501c3 nonprofit Cancertacular Inc. Inspired by a cancer patient named Jenny who was treated at Hershey Medical Center in 1988, at the same time as Jenny’s Kloset founder and director Tina Jezuit, the group primarily serves students of Valley View School District who face food insufficiency.
“Until March 13, we were delivering boxes of food to 85 families every two weeks, stocking Valley View Schools with snacks for students during the day, and maintaining a closet in each of the schools of gently used clean clothes,” said board secretary Jillian Jezuit, a sister of the founder. “Now, the food that would have filled those 85 boxes is taken directly to Valley View Elementary Center and offered with curbside pick up of lunches offered by the school.”
Recently, Jenny’s Kloset kicked off a new initiative with Valley View grad Jennifer Guida, owner of Irock Beads. Guida put together friendship bracelet kits that kids can make themselves or send directly to a friend. The kits are $8 each and can be ordered at irockbeads.com/shop/ols/categories/jennys-kloset-fundraiser. Proceeds will help the group continue to feed hungry families.
“Honestly, we probably can’t grasp the economic effect this is having on our community,” Jillian Jezuit said. “The goal is not primarily financial, it’s just to spread some kindness in an unimaginable time.”
In addition, Jenny’s Kloset recently received a donation of thousands of dollars in gift cards for local restaurants.
“It’s feeding hungry families and helping to sustain our local economy. We have many plans for these gift cards, in addition to just gifting them to local families,” Jillian Jezuit said. “For instance, we’d like to fill our cars with pizzas, park near a low-income housing neighborhood, and let them all enjoy a pizza night.”