New nonprofit starts community costume closet for Halloween
Halloween is coming up and costumes, accessories and makeup can all be expensive for parents.
A local nonprofit is working to help children whose parents can’t afford those things.
Angie Wheeland says she wants to make sure kids have something they’re excited about to wear on Halloween.
“Halloween is an overlooked holiday for children and it hurts us to know that parents are sometimes not able to get what the child wants,” said Wheeland.
That’s why the local mom is trying to get the word out about what she’s doing. Wheeland recently started the nonprofit Northwest Georgia (NWGA) Youth of Tomorrow, Inc. The group is organizing a community costume closet and is in the process of collecting donations.
"Right now we'll take the costumes, new or used. We will clean them up, we will hem them up as they need be and we'll put them on a rack at the Chickamauga, Rossville and Catoosa County Libraries. The children can come in and pick out a costume, no questions asked,” said Wheeland.
Wheeland says her own childhood inspired her to create a nonprofit. “I had a rough upbringing and there was a sanctuary for kids to go and just get out of whatever situation that they're in. I want that. I want to be able to be the support for these children. I don't want a child to ever go without. That is our motto,” Wheeland told Channel 3.
She goes on to say even if it means something as simple as helping children enjoy Halloween. They want to ease the financial burden on families. The group has a Facebook page with all of the information about the community costume closet and contact information.
All costumes will be washed and hung on racks starting Friday, October 4 when the Chickamauga Public Library will host the first event. Children are invited to come in and “shop” but all costumes will be free to them.