The Bloom Closet, Students Team Up to Help Foster Children

Sophomore Leah Mautner and Head of The Bloom Closet Beck Davenport stand in front of the Pace donations. Photo: Becky Mautner

Sophomore Leah Mautner stands in front of the Pace donations with head of The Bloom Closet, Becky Davenport. Photo: Becky Mautner

Neglect, abuse, a child’s request for removal and the death of parents are some of the leading factors that force children into foster care. In the United States, according to the most recent study by Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, about 400,000 kids are in the foster care system this year alone. These kids have been removed from their homes by the Division of Family and Children’s Services, immediately feeling alone, scared and confused. Statistically, nine out of ten foster care children have nothing but the clothes on their back when joining the system.

The Bloom Closet is a private, non-profit organization created to support foster children. With the end goal of making each foster child feel special, The Bloom Closet strives to provide free clothing, baby supplies, books and school necessities to foster care children, believing that the children “deserve to feel and look like the best child they can be,” according to the organization’s website.

Nov. 17-19, Pace brought a Bloom Closet truck to the community, allowing students to donate their lightly used and new clothes to the organization. Sophomore Leah Mautner was shocked at the amount of clothing the Pace community donated. “The clothes filled up a whole U-Haul truck,” said Leah. “I’m so glad everyone decided to donate, especially in the Lower School and Middle School, because it’s a really good cause. When we got to the place, Becky Davenport, the head of The Bloom Closet, was so impressed with our school and everything we’ve done.”

Leah’s garage was completely filled with clothes before transporting them to The Bloom Closet, which was more than the Mautner family ever expected. There were so many items that it was an overwhelming amount to transport. “I really don’t think the students realize what an impact they’ve made on those kids,” said sophomore Madeline Arenth, who also helped with the service project. “I hope we can carry on using Pace to donate to The Bloom Closet because it was such a successful charity event – bigger than I could ever have imagined.”