Katelyn Darrow – Angels of God Clothing Closet - 7/27/16
I am excited to announce Katelyn Darrow, Founder of Angels of God Clothing Closet, as my 41st New Jersey Hero! Katelyn was chosen as a NJ Hero due to her efforts in assisting domestic violence victims and families in need. I am honored to name Katelyn the 2nd Hero of 2016.
Katelyn, along with her mother and sisters, were victims of domestic violence, escaping from their abuser in the middle of the night, with only the clothes on their backs. Years later, her family was displaced due to a house fire. Katelyn was so inspired by those who helped her family through tough times, that she wanted to “pay it forward” and decided to give back to her community. She did this at the age 12, by setting up a storefront in Pitman, NJ where families in financial need can go on a “shopping spree” and get much needed clothes, food and toiletries at zero cost. Their organization has grown over the years to not only provide clothing, but also offer “The Angels Pet Food Pantry” for pet owners unable to purchase pet food, a Bless This Dress Prom Dress Drive to help girls with financial hardships attend their High School proms, and a Back-to-School Project where children receive backpacks and back-to-school items.
For more information on Angels of God Clothing Closet, please visit their website: http://angelsofgod.org/ .