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The closet is named after retired Jersey Community School District teacher and longtime community volunteer Martha Harpstripe. Martha taught vocal music in the district from 1970 to 2004.
Following her retirement she stayed active with the schools and community, volunteering her services with various organizations, including helping with costumes for the JCHS Theatre Department and Alton Youth Symphony.
In 2015, she served as the first-ever “Madame Parade Marshall” for the Jersey County Fair.
Martha has touched countless lives through her tenure as an educator and volunteer. Her influence reaches beyond the borders of Jersey County, including Alton Youth Symphony.
Martha also loves to dress well and many students remember her for her sophisticated and unique style.
The Closet, which will provide gently used clothing/shoes for women, children and men for a small donation. The Closet is located at the back of Got Faith Ministries Center on Spruce Street. Hours of operation will be on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donations of gently used clothing and shoes are accepted on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Spruce Street.