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The Red Robin Clothing Closet is spreading compassion this holiday season.

The closet was born out of an idea from Antigo High School student Ambralynn Nelson, 16, who understood the importance of having clothing and shoes available for the students in need at the high school.

To me it means that I can make a difference in my community and help others, Nelson said. I wanted to start the clothing closet because I saw that there were needs not being met and I wanted to help.

The closet serves all the students at the high school and everyone is welcome. It is open for students to "shop" every Friday. However, if a staff member is made aware that a student is in need, immediate shopping is available.

In just one week two students needed emergency clothing, Jane Babler, a staff member at the high school, said. It was so nice to be able to just go to the Red Robin Clothing Closet to take care of it immediately. With the wonderful variety of clothing from the Antigo community, it was amazing that the students could walk in and find items in minutes. The Clothing Closet has saved many parents the time that is takes to come to the high school and help with emergency clothing issues. The effort to pull it all together comes from the kids. It’s a a wonderful addition to our school.

The closet is staffed by student volunteers, who said they are pleased to be part of something that helps people and brings students together.

People can be themselves and laugh when they are in there and that is a big part of our school, Emily Nicholson said. Clothing can be so expensive and it can be hard to get clothing. The Red Robin Clothing Closet allows people to get the clothing they need at no expense. That makes a difference in so many peoples lives.

Student and adult organizers said the facility fills a variety of needs, both for students who may need additional clothing, shoes and accessories, those looking for outfits for the various special weeks the high school sponsors, and those whose wardrobe may not be ready for changing weather conditions.

The closet gives many students the opportunity to get the clothing items they need, sophomore Emma Jaje said. Since it is starting to get cold, students might prefer getting a winter jacket. Also, many students can get dress-up clothes for the various dress-up weeks we have like Homecoming and Captain Poultry.

It also encourages recycling.

I think recycling clothing is an amazing thing to do, Nelson said. It helps students in need and I think it’s better than giving them to Goodwill because even at Goodwill, there might be families who can’t afford it.

Volunteer Anna Hilger is another student that believes recycling is amazing.

I'm sure that almost everyone has thrown a shirt or a pair of pants away that no longer fit them but were in good condition and somebody else could've used them, she said There are so many students that don't have clothes to wear because their family can't afford it. I hope that the closet and all of the volunteers can really make a difference in not only our school, but in the entire community.

Hilger got involved with the closet because it upset her when she saw students in school who didn’t have the necessities they need.

I've seen kids walking to school in shorts and a sweatshirt during the winter or being overheated while wearing sweatpants at the beginning of summer because they didn't have any appropriate clothes for the weather, Hilger said. I want everyone in the high school to feel comfortable walking into The Red Robin Clothing Closet if they need something to wear. Nobody should be ashamed of needing help.

Meghan Bussiere, senior, thinks recycling clothing is an inexpensive, fun way to put together unique outfits that are true to your personality type.

The Red Robin Clothing Closet is a safe place, fun place for all students to socialize and shop for lightly used clothing, she said. I think it brings students together through volunteering and finding fun, unique outfits for students.

The closet is performing a useful task, but there is an educational component as well, bridging fashion and art.

There is a tight connection between fashion design and art, instructor Justin Markgraf said. Both art fields use the same elements and principles design to create their ideas. Students can showcase their art pieces in the clothing closet and this helps create an inviting atmosphere and a great opportunity for student artists to get feedback from viewers.

He called it a thoughtful addition to the high school community.

When students don’t have to wear the same clothes day after day, they feel that they look good, and their self-esteem goes up. It is one less thing stacked against them, he said.

The Red Robin Clothing Closet is seeking specific types of donations at this time, including new full-size hygiene products, current-style winter coats, winter boots in excellent condition, new hats, gloves, scarves, sneakers. Please no summer clothing at this time.

Donations can be brought to the main office at the high school Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please label all items Clothing Closet.

To assist in the Red Robin Clothing Closet, visit the Antigo School District central office, 1209 S. Dorr St., to fill out a volunteer form.

Hilger, said being involved in the Red Robin Clothing Closet makes her feel proud of the Antigo High School and community.

It shows that people really do care about others, Hilger said. The Red Robin Clothing Closet could have such a big impact on students in our school if everybody has an open mind and uses the closet if they truly need it.
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Antigo High School student Ambralynn Nelson, founder of the Red Robin Clothing Closet.

Robin clothing drive fills needs
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The Red Robin Clothing Closet is spreading compassion this holiday season.

The closet was born out of an idea from Antigo High School student Ambralynn Nelson, 16, who understood the importance of having clothing and shoes available for the students in need at the high school.

To me it means that I can make a difference in my community and help others, Nelson said. I wanted to start the clothing closet because I saw that there were needs not being met and I wanted to help.

The closet serves all the students at the high school and everyone is welcome. It is open for students to "shop" every Friday. However, if a staff member is made aware that a student is in need, immediate shopping is available.

In just one week two students needed emergency clothing, Jane Babler, a staff member at the high school, said. It was so nice to be able to just go to the Red Robin Clothing Closet to take care of it immediately. With the wonderful variety of clothing from the Antigo community, it was amazing that the students could walk in and find items in minutes. The Clothing Closet has saved many parents the time that is takes to come to the high school and help with emergency clothing issues. The effort to pull it all together comes from the kids. It’s a a wonderful addition to our school.

The closet is staffed by student volunteers, who said they are pleased to be part of something that helps people and brings students together.

People can be themselves and laugh when they are in there and that is a big part of our school, Emily Nicholson said. Clothing can be so expensive and it can be hard to get clothing. The Red Robin Clothing Closet allows people to get the clothing they need at no expense. That makes a difference in so many peoples lives.

Student and adult organizers said the facility fills a variety of needs, both for students who may need additional clothing, shoes and accessories, those looking for outfits for the various special weeks the high school sponsors, and those whose wardrobe may not be ready for changing weather conditions.

The closet gives many students the opportunity to get the clothing items they need, sophomore Emma Jaje said. Since it is starting to get cold, students might prefer getting a winter jacket. Also, many students can get dress-up clothes for the various dress-up weeks we have like Homecoming and Captain Poultry.

It also encourages recycling.

I think recycling clothing is an amazing thing to do, Nelson said. It helps students in need and I think it’s better than giving them to Goodwill because even at Goodwill, there might be families who can’t afford it.

Volunteer Anna Hilger is another student that believes recycling is amazing.

I'm sure that almost everyone has thrown a shirt or a pair of pants away that no longer fit them but were in good condition and somebody else could've used them, she said There are so many students that don't have clothes to wear because their family can't afford it. I hope that the closet and all of the volunteers can really make a difference in not only our school, but in the entire community.

Hilger got involved with the closet because it upset her when she saw students in school who didn’t have the necessities they need.

I've seen kids walking to school in shorts and a sweatshirt during the winter or being overheated while wearing sweatpants at the beginning of summer because they didn't have any appropriate clothes for the weather, Hilger said. I want everyone in the high school to feel comfortable walking into The Red Robin Clothing Closet if they need something to wear. Nobody should be ashamed of needing help.

Meghan Bussiere, senior, thinks recycling clothing is an inexpensive, fun way to put together unique outfits that are true to your personality type.

The Red Robin Clothing Closet is a safe place, fun place for all students to socialize and shop for lightly used clothing, she said. I think it brings students together through volunteering and finding fun, unique outfits for students.

The closet is performing a useful task, but there is an educational component as well, bridging fashion and art.

There is a tight connection between fashion design and art, instructor Justin Markgraf said. Both art fields use the same elements and principles design to create their ideas. Students can showcase their art pieces in the clothing closet and this helps create an inviting atmosphere and a great opportunity for student artists to get feedback from viewers.

He called it a thoughtful addition to the high school community.

When students don’t have to wear the same clothes day after day, they feel that they look good, and their self-esteem goes up. It is one less thing stacked against them, he said.

The Red Robin Clothing Closet is seeking specific types of donations at this time, including new full-size hygiene products, current-style winter coats, winter boots in excellent condition, new hats, gloves, scarves, sneakers. Please no summer clothing at this time.

Donations can be brought to the main office at the high school Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please label all items Clothing Closet.

To assist in the Red Robin Clothing Closet, visit the Antigo School District central office, 1209 S. Dorr St., to fill out a volunteer form.

Hilger, said being involved in the Red Robin Clothing Closet makes her feel proud of the Antigo High School and community.

It shows that people really do care about others, Hilger said. The Red Robin Clothing Closet could have such a big impact on students in our school if everybody has an open mind and uses the closet if they truly need it.
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Antigo High School student Ambralynn Nelson, founder of the Red Robin Clothing Closet.
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