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NOTE IN THE POCKET
 

 

Improving educational equity by addressing clothing insecurity

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What once started out as a one-family ministry in a single classroom in a single school has now spread to our entire community.  Today, the mission of Note in the Pocket is to provide quality clothing to homeless and impoverished children and families with dignity and love

In 2005, a recent college graduate began her dream job—teaching kindergarten to an underserved population in an impoverished school. With a student population beset with all the problems commonly associated with poverty, she quickly realized that her training had not addressed the realities of teaching students who were struggling mightily outside the classroom. she shared her concerns with her mother. Together, they decided that they would focus on providing one basic need—the lack of seasonally appropriate clothing for school.

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Together they purchased coats from store sales and thrift shops, and the teacher was able to send a coat home with each child in her class before the temperature dropped to below freezing. The next day, some of the coats were returned. It never occurred to some of these families that the coat was a gift for the child to keep. The school’s social worker prepared a note explaining that the coats were donations from the community. A copy of the note was then inserted into the pocket of each item.

From these humble beginnings and later as a one-family ministry in a single classroom in a single school has now spread to our entire community.  Today, the mission of Durham’s Note in the Pocket is to provide quality clothing to homeless and impoverished children and families with dignity and love.

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A simple “Note in the Pocket” can have an immeasurable impact on the life of a child when it conveys a powerful message -


you are loved

In 2021, it combined two smaller locations into a larger facility at Crossroads Fellowship Campus in Raleigh.

In  2012, Note in the Pocket became an official ministry under the auspices of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, which meant that donors could receive tax benefits from clothing and monetary donations. In 2013 it was granted nonprofit status.

In 2022 it expanded into Durham County.

In 2023 it officially became a Triangle region-wide serving agency.

Since 2013, Note in the Pocket has Clothed 47.888 individuals, delivered 778,524 items of clothing, and processed 1.059,750 lbs. of clothing.

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You can help support the Note in the Pocket and its important mission in several ways that include donations of clothing, financial donations, participating in events, and volunteering.

 

Go to the home page of the Note in the Pocket at

https://noteinthepocket.org/

to learn more and how you can help!

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