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Decatur County Kids Closet opening Jan. 29 and 30

Jan. 24—GREENSBURG — The next Decatur County Kids Closet opening is fast approaching.

Any Decatur County family in need of new or gently used clothing for a child pre-school age through 8th grade is welcome to register for the upcoming opening, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 29 and 30.

The upcoming event is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, visit Facebook and search for "Decatur County Kids Closet" or go to https://www.facebook.com/dec.co.kidscloset. A sign-up link will be sent out via email and posted on Facebook before the event.

Parents or guardians of the participating children must have proof of Decatur County residence in either driver's license or utility bill form.

Each pre-registered child will have the opportunity to choose the items they take home.

Decatur County Kids Closet was founded in 2012 in the basement of First Christian Church by former local teacher Sue Abplanalp, her husband and a small group of volunteers.

Abplanalp taught kindergarten for many years and saw the need for clothing in children of many local families. Her dream was to provide new and gently-used clothing to local children for free that the children would be proud to wear.

"I saw them mistreated and teased because they always wore hand-me-downs and I thought, 'You know, I think that's what I want to do when I retire is help those families find clothes for their kids,'" she said in a previous interview with the Daily News.