This year there was something different about Bubba's Closet. There were still many piles of gently used winter clothing donated by the Lincoln community for families to take and use. Same as last year, parents and their children got up early to stand in line and wait for the chance to pick out warm clothes for the upcoming winter.
But this year, the Elementary School Principals Network also secured a $30,000 grant from Walmart - received through the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools - to pay for over 900 brand new coats for students to take home from Bubba's Closet.
"Families were able to choose freely from the donated items, and then each child was fitted with a brand new coat," commented Vicki Schulenberg, Fredstrom Elementary principal and event organizer. "This event was a huge success. All of the new coats are gone and we have a waiting list of students who still need coats. We will work with those students' schools to make sure they will receive a new coat."
The event started at 8:00 a.m., and by 9:30 they were out of most of the sizes. Over 200 elementary student names were put onto a waiting list. Principals and social workers at the elementary schools will work with those famlies to make sure each student gets a winter coat.
The Elementary School Principals Network will still accept monetary donations, along with donations of new and gently used coats to fulfill the needs of those students on the waiting list. If you are interested in donating, drop off your donations at the District Office, or Fredstrom Elementary, or please contact Vicki Schulenberg at (402)436-1140.
Bubba's Closet is held every year in conjunction with American Education Week.