Granny's Closet started with a misunderstanding. In 1998, Linda Harris decided to anonymously help a senior in need of clothing. She contacted a senior center and asked for the names of a couple potential candidates. What she received was a list of FORTY-FOUR names and according to Linda, "I didn't know what to do. Everyone on the list had been contacted and asked what they wanted for Christmas!"
Linda, with a heart of gold, grabbed some recipe cards and wrote down each name and request. Being a real estate agent, she brought her recipe cards to the Conference of Women in Real Estate and asked for help from her fellow realtors. Within minutes, every card was gone. Between family, friends and her fellow agents, gifts were purchased for a total of FIFTY-NINE seniors. Some of these seniors, having outlived their friends and relatives, hadn't received a present like this in years.
Linda quickly realized the need didn’t stop after the holiday season. Since the early 2000's, Anoka County has generously allowed us to store things in a warehouse space on their Rum River Campus, completely free of charge. Granny’s name has since changed from “Christmas Closet” to “Closet” and we started accepting donations of clothing, personal care and household items year round.
In 2009, Linda stepped down and passed the Granny’s tradition to a new Board of Directors. Since then we have continued to operate solely on generous donations from the public and the hard work of our volunteers.
In 2017, we expanded our services into Sherburne County. We continue to grow and we're excited to see what the future brings!