By The Columbian
August 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Camas — Liberty Middle School student Gared Skorick, 13, got a taste of need — and generosity — when family troubles landed her in Anacortes with next to no possessions for a couple months. "It was a very rough time," she said, but the school staff there was incredibly nice and helpful. Once things settled down and she got back to Camas, Skorick said, she started noticing how needy some of her own peers are. So she launched the Liberty Community Closet — a clearinghouse of clothes, shoes and personal hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes and shampoo for students who "need help like I needed help," she said. Donations of clothes, supplies and cash are always welcome at Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St.; call 360-833-5850.