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Hundreds Attend Latest Antioch Traveling Closet


Hundreds of area residents lined up in less than desirable weather to attend the fourth Antioch Traveling Closet hosted by organizer Lisa Fisher and assisted by a host of volunteers and contributors. The event was held at the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbeck Dr. on Sunday, December 11.


Hairstylists and part-time elves Terry Amanti, Nichole Bustamante, and Melissa Trawin, left to right, treat Santa Claus, aka, Mike Culat of Remax Realty in Antioch, to a tonsorial trim at the return of The Antioch Traveling Closet (ATC) to the village.


Volunteer Leah Meltzer teaches the importance of left vs. right when puting on shoes to Payton Cameron, 3, at the return visit of The Antioch Traveling Closet.


Santa Claus reacts to hearing his blood pressure reading done by members of the Lake County Campus Emergency Medical Services program. The EMS group was there to offer free blood pressure readings to any ATC visitor, even if they were from the North Pole.


Little Lesiic Ibarra, 2, proudly displays a pair of shoes she picked out and put on all by herself at the Antioch Traveling Closet. The fact that the shoes were a size or two too big and that they were being worn on the wrong feet proved inconsequential to the young lady.

The snow and the cold did not stop the many volunteers and the hundreds of area residents from flocking to the fourth edition of Lisa Fisher’s Antioch Traveling Closet (ATC) at the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbek Dr., on Sunday, Dec 11.

The event was an early Christmas present for those less fortunate courtesy of Fisher, the organizer of the Traveling Closet, and the many volunteers and contributors who work with her to make the affair the success it has become.

The purpose of the Traveling Closet is to offer to those in need a wide selection of donated clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies that they can put to good use, all free of charge. Fisher believed that, if the follow-through effort were there, residents and businesses in the Antioch area would make available new and slightly used clothing at no cost to less fortunate.

Sunday’s event was again bursting with articles of clothing, including tables full of shoes and personal hygiene products. Five talented hairstylists offered free haircuts to all wanting to look their holiday best. Making their first appearance at the ATC were volunteers from St. Stephen Lutheran Church who collected and distributed household cleaning supplies, and members of the Lake County Campus Emergency Medical Services program offering free blood pressure readings to anyone asking.

It is Fisher’s only hope that items selected by visitors to the ATCt actually be used by those taking them. To find out more about the next Antioch Traveling Closet scheduled for April 2017, to volunteer, or to make a donation, email Lisa Fisher at

In the December 14 edition of the Antioch/Trevor, Lake Villa/Lindenhurst/Fox Lake, and Richmond/Johnsburg HiLiter!


6 Comments on “Hundreds Attend Latest Antioch Traveling Closet

  1. The traveling closet helps so many people and I feel very lucky to be a part of it! Thank you Lisa and all who donate and volunteer . We have definetly made a difference in people’s lives.

  2. I don’t even know where to start the Antioch Traveling closet has done SOOOOOOO much to help my family I almost feel as if they are a part of our family too! Thank you again for all your blessings

  3. Such a wonderful group of people and a great cause to volunteer for! Each turn out seems to get bigger and better! Great job Lisa, it is an honor to be part of something so special!

  4. This is a great thing for our community. Thanks Lisa for letting me be a part of it.

  5. Thank you to everyone who helped this day! My sons now have warm winter clothes to enjoy playing outside just like their friends!

  6. What a great thing you do for this community Lisa!! Antioch is truly blessed to have someone like you! Let’s all help to make the next one the best one yet!! XOXO

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