Katelynn’s Closet Hits Decade Milestone

YARMOUTH – Katelynn’s Closet recently marked a decade of helping Cape Codders.

Ann Bearse, Beth Davis, and Susan Johnson founded the non-profit in 2009 after a 4-year-old foster child named Infiniti was introduced to Davis and Johnson.

The three were able to collect a wardrobe that properly fit Infiniti.

They then started to notice that the area was lacking an organization that provided school-aged children in need with clothing; infants and toddlers up to age 3 were covered, but not children from 4 to 18.

Katelynn’s Closet was created soon afterwards.

“We’ve been able to fulfill a need that wasn’t necessarily being filled here on the Cape and Islands,” Bearse said, “and that’s with the kids that are school-aged.”

The non-profit is named after Bearse’s daughter, who tragically passed away when she was 9. Ann plans to honor Katelynn’s memory for the next decade and beyond.

“I hope that we’re going to be able to continue to service children on the Cape and Islands, all the children that are in need on the Cape and Islands,” Bearse said.

To learn more about the organization, head to www.katelynns-closet.org.

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