Black Student Leaders to host spaghetti fundraiser for teen clothing closet

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Black Student Leaders organization will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the La Crosse area’s first teen-run clothing closet.

Supporters can drop by Hope Restores at 231 Copeland Ave. in La Crosse from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday with cash donations or gift cards of at least $20 in exchange for a pasta dinner.

Mia Davis, a sophomore at Logan High School and vice president of Black Student Leaders, said the idea of a teen closet came from her own experiences at clothing closets, where she never found clothes that suited her preferences.

“From past experiences, I’ve never really felt comfortable,” she said. “I never felt like there were all sizes for everybody.”

She and  her sister, Black Student Leaders Vice President Caya Davis, decided to take matters into their own hands. This isn’t the only clothing closet in the area, but it’s the first run by teenagers.

Mia and Caya believe the teenage perspective is important when it comes to inventory and style.

“We know teens,” Mia said. ‘We’re all about making everybody feel comfortable.”

They hope to showcase a variety of styles and sizes and provide free gift cards to those who don’t find what they need.

“We really want to be able to accommodate everybody,” Caya said. “We want the smallest size we can get from the largest size we can get. We want everyone to come in here and find something.”

The students aren’t sure when the closet will open, but hope to see it open before school opens in the fall.

“I think with us having this teen clothing closet, we can really help some teens throughout our community build confidence within themselves,” Mia said.

More details about the event can be found on the Black Student Leaders’ Facebook page.