Our Mobile Clothes Closet allows us to take our longest running and largest program, our Clothes Closet, to children across the state.
Since 2009, BigHouse has hosted a Swimsuit and Towel Drive to collect new swimsuits and new towels for children in foster care. We have each towel embroidered with the child's name to make the gift extra special and uniquely their own. In 2011, our Swimsuit and Towel Drive went statewide. In the past five years, we have delivered 10,000 swimsuit and towel packages to children in foster care in Alabama. We rely heavily on the community to donate swimsuits, towels, and embroidery for this drive. This drive runs through the end of April each year and allows community members to provide children in foster care with a summer necessity and a unique gift. We believe each personalized towel tells the child, "You are valued by your community and loved by your Heavenly Father." We include a postcard in each package telling the child just that!
We host an annual free formal wear shopping event for high school girls in foster care in Alabama. We don't want any kids or teens to miss out on rites of passage like prom simply because they are in foster care. We want to relieve the financial burden on foster families by collecting new and gently used formal and semi-formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for the girls to choose from. This is a red carpet affair to help them get excited about their special day!