Christina's Closet is open to everybody who needs it at Brescia College

Brescia University College is launching Christina's Closet, a student-centred initiative that offers complimentary clean, new and gently-used clothing, accessories and household items.

Brescia students will have access to clean, new and gently-used clothes

Brescia students Amy Karpenko and Rachel Miller hold items at Christina’s Closet (Submitted)

Brescia students won't need to bring their wallets when they go to Christina's Closet.

Instead, they can pick out free new or gently used clothes, accessories and household items.

It's all part of Christina Lord's effort to help international students. She's the international coordinator for Brescia University College and she could see the need first hand when international students weren't properly equipped for winter.

"That was the impetus and then it sort of grew from there," she said. "If we're getting clothing for this group for this time of year, why don't we just see what we can come up with for everyone who might have a need?" 

Her clothing drive launched Wednesday ahead of the school year. It runs entirely on donations by students, staff and the local community.

Lord said the environmentally-friendly service is also meant to support people facing financial barriers.

"Students will recognize the importance of it, and that any stigma students may have about using something that somebody else had is something that we'll be able to overcome and be able to assist students who are in need," she said.

"Or, those who just want to have something different and not want to go out and spend money for something they might wear once …  [We are] also hoping to have an area that will accommodate clothing for careers, interviews and things like that," she added.

Prior to the launch, Lord said 10 people had already inquired about the drive earlier this week.

Lord hopes to have enough supplies to last the year. But, she's encouraging the community to pitch in to the up-cycling initiative by giving physical or financial donations.