I was living on the island of Jamaica and it came to me when I was eleven years old. I recall my friends wanting different career paths. Some wanted to become soccer players, farmers, nurses, business owners, etc.
All I wished for was to be in a situation to make someone else’s life a little easier. My biggest desire was to own a large property so I could provide life’s basic necessities to the less fortunate, including clothes, food and shelter — all free of charge.
When I was 15, my family migrated to America. I finished high school, attended a couple of semesters of college, and married in 1998. Shortly thereafter, I returned to Jamaica. During my visit I observed children who weren’t able to go to school due to the lack of adequate clothing and shoes. I started saving all the clothing we outgrew for our next trip to Jamaica.
In 2004 my family and I returned to Jamaica with five barrels of clothes and food which we provided to these less fortunate. Seeing the joy a used pair of shoes brought to the children’s faces was addicting. I wanted to do more to help them and children in my San Diego community. That’s when Sharia’s Closet was founded — we began collecting, cleaning, and sorting clothing in the garage of our home.
Respond to the needs of families by distributing free, gently-used emergency clothing one bag at a time!
Provides free, gently used clothing to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, youth and adults who have an immediate need for clothing.