Chelsea's Closet Established...
It is incredible how one small idea can grow into something truly special. Chelsea's Closet is a 501c3 non profit program, that facilitates high school students attending formal dances. This program allows students to borrow, formal attire. It's a simple concept that has really blossomed into a phenomenal program since beginning in the fall of 2013.
Our mission is to educate students on Cystic Fibrosis, Organ donation and the importance of blood donation. Chelsea's Closet was founded in memory of Chelsea, my daughter. Chelsea lived a life with Cystic Fibrosis, while being a student, a high school cheerleader and working at a local hair salon. She enjoyed shopping and getting glamorous for school dances. She never missed a chance to dance!
Chelsea was the recipient of a double lung transplant, May the 11th 2011, at the age of 19. She was busy post transplant, planned a wedding, got married to husband Darren, they moved to Kalamazoo with their dog Annabel. She applied to and was accepted into Kellogg Community College, also working part time. She was planning, enjoying and savoring life while attending frequent doctor follow up appointments. Unfortunately Chelsea developed pneumonia that was resistant to antibiotics, leading to her body rejecting her new lungs. She passed away May 4th 2012. Surviving almost one year after that gift of life transplant.
Since our simple beginning in 2013, we are humbled by the phenomenal growth of this program. What started in Chelsea's bedroom closet to our current 2500 sq ft location. Students from over 45 different high school districts utilize Chelsea's Closet. Our commitment to sharing Chelsea's story, has touched, educated thousands of students and communities on Cystic Fibrosis, Organ Donation and the importance of donating blood.
If you are moved by our mission and would like to donate formal wear or make monetary donation, please reach out to us. We'd be honored to have your support in making a difference in the lives of others.