Hampden County’s child poverty rate is growing.

We help children stay focused on their education by giving them free, unlimited access to clothing and toiletries, right within their school.

Feeling good, they find the confidence to persevere and fight for a brighter future.



31.1% of economically disadvantaged local Boston youth are chronically absent. Being chronically absent, it becomes harder and harder to catch up on missed lessons, resulting in higher drop out rates. These children are chronically absent as a result of their economic situation. Lack of basic necessities, clothing and toiletries is the primary reason for not attending school. Catie’s Closet removes this worry giving kids access, discreetly and with dignity.

We started in Merrimack Valley, helped 40,000 children and now we’re here.

Catie's Closet Boston distribution center

Catie’s Closet had it sights set on

Stocked with gently used clothing students in Pre-K thru 12 are proud to wear, toiletries, shoes, outerwear and more: Catie’s Closet supports students living below the poverty line within their school. The goal:

  • Providing a dignified resource for accessing the most basic necessities.

  • Give them confidence to focus on their education instead of worrying about how they are going to get through a day.

With this new expansion, Catie’s Closet is equipped to Boston’s economically disadvantaged youth. In order to meet our goals, we need the help of local volunteers, businesses and organizations. Your clothing and toiletry donations along with monetary donations keep our non-profit going. Spread the word about Catie’s Closet and join us in empowering Boston’s youth.

A place where children have free, unlimited access to clothing and toiletries, right within their school.


Here’s a snapshot of a Catie’s Closet in a local school. We create an experience that makes children feel supported, loved and important. Our closets feel like a store, stocked with age-appropriate on-trend clothing kids are proud to wear.

Get involved with Catie’s Closet!

Catie’s Closet Springfield Schools

We’ve opened our first closet, now we’re ready to GROW!

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, 732 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01107

Opening Soon:

Meet the Springfield Team:

Kodia Baye-Cigna

Dan Bisson - Program Director, Springfield

Kodia grew up in Boston and began her educational career as a student in the METCO program. Thankful for the educational opportunities she was afforded, she decided her calling was to give back.

Kodia is a Boston native who recently returned from an Overseas Adventure, living and working in Australia, bookended by backpacking trips through New Zealand and Southeast Asia.  Prior to joining the Catie’s Closet team, she worked in operations and administration for a Northshore Investment Advisory firm, in client services at a boutique financial advising firm that serviced Ultra High Net Worth Clientele, and in marketing at an internationally renowned student travel agency.

Kodia graduated in 2014 from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology, and the Markets and Management Studies Certificate. At Duke, she served as a captain for the NCAA Division I Varsity Fencing Team, studied abroad in Italy and traveled to teach English and sports in China and Vietnam.

Libby Magalhaes

Libby Magalhaes - Merchandise Manager, Boston

A western Massachusetts native, Libby graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Emmanuel College in Boston. Post grad, she traveled to Australia where she lived and worked for a year in Melbourne on the Working Holiday Visa. She has an extensive retail and customer service background with a multinational lifestyle retail corporation and prior to Catie's Closet, she excelled in sales at the nation's largest accredited travel organization with a focus on student travel groups. Libby has always dreamed of finding a way to utilize her retail experience while simultaneously giving back to the community, and Catie's Closet has given her the perfect opportunity to intertwine her passions with her skill set. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, thrift shopping, coffee culture, and cooking delicious, healthy meals.