New Clothes for School Kids

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How We Started

How We Started

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John's Closet is a non-profit program established in 1988 by Lou and Irene Papan in memory of their son John, a great kid who suffered from a rare illness.

About John's Closet

What We Do

What We Do

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John's Closet helps provide new clothes to kids in need who attend local San Mateo County elementary or high schools.

Who We Serve

Who We Serve

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We serve children ages 4-18 in the cities of Brisbane, Daly City, South San Francisco, Pacifica, Colma, San Bruno, and Millbrae.

How to get help

We believe in giving the best possible future to children in our community.

John's Closet operates on an appointment-only basis in at the beginning of each fall school year, in schools throughout San Mateo County.

Referrals are required. Once a referral has been obtained, please fill out our intake form below.

Kids Recess

Contact Us

Referring entities accepted:

SMC Connect, StarVista, School Counselors

Email Address:

Phone Number:

Contact Co-Director Gina Papan:



Tax Information:

Contact Co-Director Diane Papan: