Caring Closet

    Students Helping Students   

    The Caring Closet is a project established by Allen High School graduate, Sarah Gill in 2020. Its mission is to serve students who are facing financial challenges and in need of a little help obtaining daily necessities such as school supplies, snacks, and hygiene products. If these basic needs can be met, it will then allow students the opportunity to focus on their education.     

    Check out our video or flier to see how you can get services or donate!

    How It Works   

    Any student in need due to financial difficulties is eligible to use the services of the Caring Closet. Personal hygiene items, snacks, and school supplies may be requested. The Caring Closet is a confidential student resource for all in need.

    1) Submit a request HERE


    2) Request a teacher or staff member complete the form for you,


    3) Meet with the support counselor, Mrs. Atencio, in her office located in F258​ (Front of Upper F Hall in the Main Hall) or via email at Jennifer.Atencio@allenisd.org​.     


    How You Can Help

    Donations are greatly appreciated. See this list for current needs.

     Personal Hygiene Items

    • Bath soap bars
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner 
    • Hair Combs/brushes
    • Hair ties
    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant 
    • Lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Shaving gel
    • Feminine Hygiene Products 
    • Disinfecting Wipes 
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Box of tissues
    • New no-show socks 

    Not accepted:

    • Razors
    • Razor blades



    • Granola bars, breakfast bars, fruit bars, energy bars boxes
    • Instant oatmeal cups
    • Cereal (individually boxed servings)
    • Sandwich cracker snack packs (cheese, peanut butter, etc.)
    • Peanut Butter Jars
    • Goldfish, Pretzels, Raisins, Popcorn snack packs
    • Chef Boyardee microwavable cups 
    • Mac and Cheese Cups
    • Beef jerky snacks
    • Canned meat (chicken/tuna/Vienna sausages)
    • Fruit cups
    • Fruit Snacks
    • Gogo SqueeZ applesauce
    • Peanuts
    • Snack juice drinks
    • Bottled water


    School Supplies

    • Packs of pens or pencils 
    • Spiral-bound or composition notebooks
    • Filler notebook paper (college ruled)
    • Plastic folders 
    • Glue sticks or tape
    • Highlighter packs
    • Plastic pocket dividers 
    • Binders
    • Colored Pencils
    • Markers 
    • Index cards
    • Brown paper bags







    Items may be donated in 1 of 3 ways:

    • Drop off items at the AHS Attendance Center during normal school hours of  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM 
    • Bring items to the collection bin inside Staples located at 812 W. McDermott Dr. Allen, TX 75013 
    • Items may be purchased through the Caring Closet Amazon Wish List


    Please direct any questions to AHS Support Counselor, Jennifer Atencio at jennifer.atencio@allenisd.org