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Hope's Closet

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- At one local closet, you'll find a variety of items from shoes to sleeping bags. There's also one thing you can't see, hope.

Patty Townsend started Hope's Closet out of her own home. She regularly collects donations from family and friends, and then gives clothing away to those recovering from addiction, or simply in need.

"You feel like you have nothing that you own. This is yours, I only provide quality clothes," said Townsend.

Patty chooses to help those recovering from addiction, because it's an issue that hits close to home in her personal life.

"I have a son in recovery, he will be celebrating five years of sobriety next week," said Townsend.

Now she uses the clothing to inspire the same hope she felt for her recovering son.

"My son was a very young man when he went through this. When the young men come from treatment into sober living and they come here, I absolutely see my son in many of them and hope they can have the path that he does," said Townsend.

Her act of kindness, she says, gives others a chance to take the next step forward with a new outlook on life.

"It helps me feel like I'm helping others get back on their feet," said Townsend.

If you or someone you know is in need of clothing, Hope's Closet is open the second Monday of every month at VOICES Recovery Center, located at 340 Prospect Street in Binghamton.

If you have new or gently used clothing you would like to donate to Hope's Closet, you can contact Patty Townsend at or via Facebook.

Katie Jones

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