This is how it started...
Dave and Polly Rathe (a very humble couple) began by collecting warm clothing, blankets and other items to share with families. They did this in honor of their late son Ben who used to travel with the family to Mexico to serve here.
As they brought items to share, we began storing them and adding other items people brought as a blessing.
Ben's closet became kind of a magical room. We would disappear inside and return with a bag full of items that a family might need to help them with their current needs.
Dave is an amazing cook. On his days off, he shops for the right cuts of meat and prepares individual sealed 1 pound packets that he sells to co-workers at the rail road.
They also host fund raising events, selling a variety of BBQ food. Polly is in real estate and has a program where she donates a portion of her fees to a charity of their choice. All of this allows us to help pay for doctor visits, medicines, tarps and food products and all the other emergent needs we see everyday..
We dedicated the first Ben's Closet about 6 years ago. Since that time, we have opened Ben's Closet II at the School office and Ben's Closet III at the community center that we have been working to reopen for the past couple of years.