Making a Difference: Wally and Ellen Johnson, Teen Closet

By KBJR News 1

October 3, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com) --- After every Grandma's Marathon volunteers pick-up hundreds of tee-shirts and sweatshirts, tossed by over-heated runners.

For the past eight years a small recycling project based in Two Harbors has helped to put those items to good use.

Once they are cleaned and sorted many of the items end up at the Teen Closet in Duluth.

Operated by Lutheran Social Service the closet caters to homeless teenagers.

Right now the 2013 marathon castoffs are being added to the inventory.

"They came in with 20 boxes of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies," Lisa Williams of Teen Closet said.

"People like Wally and Ellen, they really fuel this, what we have going on here," Lindsey Bruce, of Teen Closet said.

The Lutheran Social Service Teen Closet is always looking for clean and gently used clothing for teenagers.

Winter coats and boots top their wish list this time of year.