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Bob’s Closet Initiative Provides for Those in Need

Program offers clothes to low-income communities at no cost

GREENSBORO, N.C., June 29, 2021 – Bob Page, founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd., learned the value of generosity and community at an early age, led by the example of parents who would share what little the family had with neighbors in need.

“They taught me a lot about helping others in the community; about fairness, honesty and respect for others,” says Page. It’s in this spirit of making a positive impact that Page started Bob’s Closet in 2016, a project of Triad Friends, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Bob’s Closet collaborates with 30 nonprofits in Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance, and Rockingham counties to provide clothing at no cost to low-income families and individuals. Last year, through referrals and appointments, Bob’s Closet served 762 guests and donated 13,878 new and gently used clothing items.

“We offer personalized shopping experiences for individuals and families with the intent to fulfill a fundamental need,” says Bob’s Closet Coordinator Ashley West. “In Bob’s Closet, our guests have an opportunity to choose their own clothing, try on the items they love and leave with a week’s worth of free clothing that fits them and suits their personal style.”

In addition to providing on-site shopping appointments at Replacements’ warehouse, Page and volunteers work with local organizations to share new socks and sweats to people experiencing hardship. In fact, Hanes for Good chose Bob’s Closet as a recipient for their 2021 Sock Drive, adding 1,000 new socks for men, women, and children to the Closet’s inventory. And an ongoing collaboration with Walter Hines Page High School, Eastern Guilford High School, and Bob’s Closet helps students from the schools' Occupational Course of Study (OCS) programs earn career hours they need to graduate.

Youth Focus, a local non-profit dedicated to serving Guilford County’s youth and families, works with Bob’s Closet to organize bimonthly shopping parties for kids involved in their programs. “Bob, caseworkers, and the Closet team engage the kids with impromptu fashion shows, shopping, shooting hoops, laughter, candy, and Cokes,” says West.

Bob’s Closet also contributed 295 women’s career-wear items to Family Services of the Piedmont for their recent Women’s Empowerment event. According to West, “All the items leaving Bob’s Closet are packed with care, love, and thought. We believe in growing and supporting a strong community by meeting people’s basic needs.”

For more information or scheduling appointments for shopping, pickup or donations, please contact Ashley West at (336) 212-5336 or [email protected]

About Replacements, Ltd.

Founded in the attic of his home by Bob Page, Replacements, Ltd. has become the world’s largest retailer of vintage and new tableware, silver and estate jewelry. The company’s half-million square foot facilities house an inventory of more than 11 million pieces from over 450,000 patterns. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Replacements is dedicated to helping millions of customers around the world create and preserve life’s most meaningful moments.

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