After weeks of preparation, Foster Adoptive Parents Association of Southern Oklahoma will celebrate the opening of Kourtney’s Kloset with a ribbon cutting and grand opening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.


After weeks of preparation, Foster Adoptive Parents Association of Southern Oklahoma will celebrate the opening of Kourtney’s Kloset with a ribbon cutting and grand opening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.


Kourtney’s Kloset is located at 301 W. Main St. (First Bank and Trust) in Suite 29, (basement floor). The public is invited to attend the event. A short ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served throughout the day and foster parents and their foster children are welcome to shop throughout the event.


Kourtney’s Kloset is a FAPASO effort to supply much needed free clothing for foster children, who most often come into foster homes without sufficient wardrobes. Jennifer Brewer, FAPASO president, said Kourtney’s Kloset operates through clothing donations, ranging from infant through adult sizes. According to Brewer, the contribution response “has been awesome — we have an abundance of beautiful clothing and there should never be a child in foster care in need or without clothing in southern Oklahoma.”


Kourtney’s Kloset is named in honor of Kourtney Brackett Cargal, who died in June after valiantly battling brain cancer. The young woman’s parents, Monty and Lorri Boatright, provided the seed money to launch the project with money left over from benefits conducted to meet their daughter’s medical expenses. Brewer said Friday’s grand opening coincides with Cargal’s birthday.


Brewer said the closet will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. However, an “on-call” list will be posted weekly and organization directors will be available to open the closet after hours for emergency and immediate needs. Brewer said foster parents are also encouraged to contact the organization and “let us know what your kids need.”


While the grand opening marks the official opening of the endeavor, Brewer said in order for the project to be successful long-term it is vital the program continue to receive donations of boys and girls clothing. Currently the need is prom dresses.


“We would really like to be able to provide a selection of prom dresses the girls could chose from. Proms are a big deal and every girl should have the opportunity to attend in a really pretty dress,” Brewer said.


Donated items should be clean and in good repair.


If anyone wants to make cash donations there is still a Kourtney Brackett-Cargal Benefit account set up at First Bank and Trust.


“That money is being used exclusively for Kourtney’s Kloset,” Brewer said. “Lorri Boatright also keeps a “MySpace” page open under Kourtney’s Kloset with updated lists of items that we need donated and a blog of what is happening at the closet.”


Anyone with questions about the project or with donated clothing that needs to be picked up can call Brewer at (580) 220-9502 or Theresa Haggard at (580) 294-3128.


Marsha Miller 221-6529
marsha.miller@ardmoreite.com