BOISE - In less than five years, Kelly McMurry has helped to clothe more than 2,000 Treasure Valley teens in need through her boutique, called The Closet.
What makes the Closet unique is that all of the clothing is free.
"I've poured my heart and soul into this ministry, as I call it," said McMurry. "When a teen comes through our door, we're just going to walk through the room, then I turn them loose and let them start shopping."
McMurry's idea to clothe teenagers in need started small at Boise First Community Center, and it has boomed since 2010.
Most of the kids she sees are in the 6th to 12th grade, and referred to her by local school counselors who can assess their need.
The clothes, shoes, and accessories that fill the racks and shelves are all donated, and McMurry has worked hard to give her shop a boutique feel.
"Every teen that comes in has a story," said McMurry. "I deal with a lot of brokenness and I'm seeing some kids that come from difficult situations and a number of kids who have never been shopping before."
McMurry says the teens often come in shy and unsure what to expect. She spends a full hour with each one and they always leave with a big bag of clothes, a smile, and a hug.
"I do offer private appointments for them, so everything is confidential. I just want to make this a special time, a safe place for them, where they can find the clothing they need but they can also be loved on in that hour."
McMurry is now working to get non-profit status and is always looking for more new and gently used donations to keep the Closet stocked.
"It's just a way for me to give back to my community," she said. "I don't see it ending anytime soon."
Right now the Closet only services students in Ada County. But McMurry hopes to expand in the future.
To find out more about The Closet, and to make an appointment, check with your child's school counselor.
If you'd like to make a donation or help, you can check out The Closet's Facebook page.