TRENTON (WWJ) – What started as a recycling project for clothing has become something much bigger.

Arthur’s Closet is where downriver families can go for clothing, at the Boyd W. Arthur’s Middle School in Trenton. But unlike resale shops, the clothing here is free.

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The clothing, all brand new or gently used, helps families in need of proper clothing for job interviews or other functions, along with everyday school clothing for students.

“(We see) at least a student a day… a couple of days that come down,” said the school’s guidance counselor Tracey Kersten.

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Kersten, who helped create Arthur’s Closet, said the project really took off a couple years ago. “One of our ex-students wanted to do Arthur’s closet for an Eagle Scout Project,” she said.

Since then, more groups are helping with donations and time, and more people are being helped replenish their own closets. “Other churches are calling asking how can we get involved, senior citizens wanting to donate their time, other school districts asking how can we start something like this,” Kersten said.

Another counselor, Sheryl Whitwam, said it had become a major community effort.”The hugs you get it’s just a wonderful feeling. It’s amazing how many donate back to the closet.”

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Anyone can visit Arthur’s closet for free clothing by appointment, but you are asked to take only what you need. For more information call (734) 676-8700.