If anyone ever wanted to see an example of someone creating beauty out of tragedy, they need look no further than Cullman’s Ashley Wilson. Her nonprofit, Curt’s Closet, was born following the heartbreaking death of her son Curtis when he was just 15. Almost six years later, Wilson has become a beacon of hope in the community.
At Curt’s Closet, children 19 and younger can come in and “shop” for clothing, shoes and other basic needs for free.
“I know from experience that realizing your purpose can empower you and give you hope even in the darkest of circumstances,” she said. “We all have a purpose in this life. Could you imagine the world if we all lived out our purpose in service to others? It is remarkable to see the change in a child’s eyes and how they carry themselves from when they enter versus when they walk out of our doors with a new wardrobe. There is so much pride and excitement for a child to pick out an outfit in their own unique style and a name brand they might not otherwise be able to get! Not only are we clothing children with life’s necessities, but we are also clothing them with love, self-worth and their identity in Christ.”
"My goal in the next 10 years is to ensure that any child in need of our services will not go without. I want everyone to be aware of the services that we provide at Curt’s Closet. If we do not have what you need, we will help connect you to other resources in our community. No one should have to go without basic needs."
- Ashley Wilson