Three local woman have opened their homes to dozens of children in our community that have no place to call home. Now they're reaching out to even more. You may have even noticed the non-profit shop.
"Most of it's a blur. I don't remember most of it but I do remember going through different homes and being abused," said Zach Brown.
For the first few years of Zach Brown's life, that's what life was like. He remembers going to about seven different homes, until he turned six.
"By the time you get to a house that they actually want you you're already used to a life not caring like you don't like them, act like they don't want you but they really do," said Brown.
Now, Brown is fourteen year's old, and he's helping out with a non-profit shop that provides clothing and other items to foster families at no cost to them. It's called "Our Children's Closet."
"There were a lot of times when we would get children that would have nothing but the clothes on their backs. So we needed a place that we could go quickly and get what they need," said Our Children's Closet Bonnie Holloway.
Between these three women, they've opened their homes up to about 75 children.
"We lost a child and after losing our son. My only child. I thought I had a lot of mom left in me so that's why I wanted to be a foster mom," said Holloway.
"We didn't' have any children of our own," said Karen Wines.
So far, they've helped about 30 children through "Our Children's Closet."
"You know we don't like to see that many children in care, but if they have to be in care at least we have a place like this where they can come and have toys and clothes," said Wines.
They're even reaching children outside the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
"faces outside of Richmond found out about us and they have a lean on me website so we found out that we had sizes of children's clothes that were in need," said Tina Marie Scully.
"They're probably going through what I'm going through," said Brown.
Zach is still healing from what he went through and while he's been adopted, he knows why something like this is so important.
"Go ahead and help out and give them what they need," said Brown.
"Our Children's Closet" is located on the pedestrian mall in Old Town Winchester. It's right across the street from Pewter Pan.
If you are interested in donating, children's clothes, toys or anything else you can contact either Tina Marie Scully at 540-664-4417 or Bonnie Holloway at 469-585-6030.
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