Every August elementary school families come for back-to-school clothes, supplies

Cecelia Ponzini in Cecelia’s Closet, where the needy can get clothes. Photo by Marty Cheek

By Staff Report

The Edward Boss Prado Foundation and its volunteers are dedicated to helping those in need in Gilroy, San Martin and Morgan Hill as well as San Benito County and south San Jose. Here is a list of their various programs:

Cecelia’s Closet and Food Pantry

Provides clothing and food. Referrals are made by local organizations and the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Volunteers help families find the right size clothes for the entire family.

Fit  for Fall

Every August elementary school families come for the back-to-school event. Students receive new and gently used clothing as well as new backpacks, socks, and underwear.

Para Los Niños / For The Children

Twice a week, families at Cecelia’s Closet are provided free Internet so students can work on their Chromebooks and receive tutoring, snacks, and lunch. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints elders and sisters and Morgan Hill Rotarians, Morgan Hill Community Foundation, and community leaders are tutors. The students are learning with the help of the community.


Edward Boss Prado Foundation puts all inventory out for everyone attending, including new Halloween costumes for youth. This event is open to the public, youth and adults. Kiwanis Club of Morgan Hill provides hot dogs, chips, and water to all.

Toys 4 Our Own

Barrels are given out to businesses in Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy, Hollister, Seaside, Monterey, and Salinas to collect new toys. The unwrapped toys are then distributed to organizations, including the Morgan Hill Unified School District. To date, more than 24,000 toys have been given to families in our communities.