WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Trapped in closets all over Washington County are ghosts from hundreds of summers, first days of school and winter snowball battles.
Some are stuffed in boxes, others are hanging out of sight -- but they're there in the form of outgrown shirts, coats and pants, worn by children for a year or two and then retired from active duty.
Ann Martin wants to give them life again.
As executive director of Children In Need Inc., she knows of several thousand children who could put those clothes to good use.
"It could mean the difference between a child sitting in a classroom, confident and learning, or struggling because of low self-esteem," she said.
Since 1998, Children In Need, a nonprofit organization, has provided local youths with the necessities needed to attend school. That includes gently used clothing, as well as personal care items and educational supplies.