Annabel’s Closet: Offering “Hope” and “Help”
Money & Home Goods
To accomplish our mission, we rely solely on volunteers and donations. Donations are both monetary and household items. Our main focus is the women & families that have left an abusive situation. Generally these women leave only with what they are able to throw in their vehicle. Annabel's Closet provides the essentials needed to help them survive, restart, and thrive on their own in their new locations.
Our goal is to provide each family with basic kitchen items, bedroom items, and linens. For most, beds are always a need, and we let them choose two rooms of furniture based on what is available in our storage units. Typically they can choose from a sofa and coffee table or dining set.
If it weren’t for our assistance, many of them would return to their abuser. We come along side these families and provide them with basic needs that they can’t afford on their own. With our assistance, they can successfully start anew.
This non-profit was founded by a local Floridian, Lori Hutchinson, to help others in the Central Florida community start over from an abusive or tough situation. We strive to help these families create a new beginning by providing donated furniture and household items for FREE. The inspiration to start Annabel’s Closet was provided by Lori’s Grandmother, Annabel, who helped her daughter (Lori’s Mom, who was a single mother) raise her from the time she was little. They spent a huge amount of time together to which Annabel was able to influence her Grand-daughter in a variety of ways, but one of the biggest was her desire to help others and providing guidance of faith.
Annabel was an amazing woman! She was selfless, always had a smile on her face, never complained (about anything) and had a huge heart – especially for God. She was the first one willing to help and most often the last one to leave. Although she never was employed out of the home, she was always busy doing for others. After raising her family of 5 children, she focused on helping in the community.
I am honored to carry on the work Annabel started! One thing I have learned, this is not something I can do alone. We need your help with providing gently used household items/furniture as well as monetary donations in order to fulfill our calling.
Thank you for partnering with us to help our community!
– Lori Hutchinson