Since the start of the new school year earlier this month, students and staff at Boulder City High School have made various changes to help ensure their health and well-being in the wake of COVID-19.
The only thing at school that hasn’t changed is the need for the Eagles Closet, and that’s good news.
As a result of many families facing financial hardship after losing their jobs or being temporarily laid off, there has been no wave of people asking for help, said Barbara Agostini, who founded and organizes Eagles Closet.
This, however, does not mean that there is no need for Closet, which donates clothes, hygiene items, ‘take out’ food, school supplies and gift cards to BCHS students and to other children in need.
There is always a need, Agostini said, which is why she operates the Eagles Closet year round.
âI help the children as much as I can. “
Recipients do not have to apply or meet any qualifications to visit the closet. All they have to do is ask and Agostini is there to give them a hand and give them what they need.
She said she was able to help even when the school was closed last year and no one was allowed on campus because she had gift cards that she could give.
“I took care of the children I knew, but without being able to see them I was not as aware of what they needed,” she said, adding that when she saw children in the room. dining room not eating, she knew it was time to take action.
She said keeping the closet stocked, especially with clothes, is kind of a fluke as she never knows exactly what the youngster will need or what sizes she will have. Currently, she lacks shoes.
Agostini started Eagles Closet around 2010 after seeing a need at school, where she has worked since 1999, and trying to figure out what to do with clothes her daughter no longer wears.
âShe and all of her friends cleaned out their closets,â Agostini said. “They always bring me things.”
Today, she accepts donations from the whole community.
Agostini said she carefully browsed the clothing donations she received to find clothes suitable for her age. Anything she cannot use is donated to other organizations.
Right now, clothing donations are most needed as the school district provides free breakfast and lunch to all students.
She also appreciates donating gift cards to places such as Albertsons, the 99 Cents Only Store, Walmart, Target, and local restaurants.
This allows recipients to get exactly what they need and allows children to visit a restaurant with their friends and feel out of place because they have no money.
She said peer acceptance is so important for teens. “If they don’t fit in, they’re not doing well.”
Agostini said she provides all the preparations for traditional holiday dinners, but found that the gift cards at the grocery store work best because maybe not everyone has a place to cook. a turkey dinner or that they can stretch their budget further with other items.
She said she was passionate about helping and anyone who knows Agostini knows that no truer word has been said. Not only does she make sure the children in the community are taken care of, but she volunteers at many events.
âIt’s a good feeling to know that I’m helping.
But it’s even better to know that she’s there, ready to answer a cry for help whenever it presents itself.
Anyone wishing to help Eagles Closet can call Agostini in high school, 702-799-8200, ext. 4065.
Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at [email protected] or 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.