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Posted: October 3, 2019

Netflix Donates Crates Full of Clothing for APS Students

More than a thousand pieces of clothing are now available at the APS Community Clothing Bank.

When Netflix wrapped up filming the thriller "Chambers" in Albuquerque, a seamstress who worked on the series convinced the studio to donate clothing from the show to the APS Community Clothing Bank for students in need. 

And we're not talking about a few pieces of clothing. Dozens of crates filled with jeans, dresses, tops, t-shirts, shoes, leggings, hoodies, jewelry, even scrubs were dropped off at the Clothing Bank in late September. 

Because the TV series centers around a modern-day high school student, a lot of the clothing is age-appropriate, especially for middle and high school students, said Jilli Oyenque, the seamstress for the show. Some of it was gently worn by members of the cast and extras. And some of it is brand new.

And because some of the scenes in the series take place in a hospital, the wardrobe also included scrubs, which are being donated to the APS Career Enrichment Center for students enrolled in pre-med and nursing programs.

In addition, several school drama programs have already visited the clothing bank for costumes. 

Jilli said studios often sell wardrobe clothing for pennies on the dollar once filming of a movie or series is complete, or they ship it back to the studio. But she along with art director Guy Barnes and set decorator Wendy Ozols-Barnes convinced Netflix to donate the clothing to the Clothing Bank for students.

The trio also convinced Netflix to donate props -- everything from desks to lockers to microscopes -- to Los Puentes, an APS charter school.

"We want to motivate film and movie productions to not pack up or sell," Jilli said. "We want to create an environment of giving back to the communities they are coming into." 

Jilli estimated that the clothes are worth about $50,000. 

Ana Dabria, who oversees the Clothing Bank, expressed her gratitude not only to Netflix and the trio that convinced them to make the donation but also to employees with the APS Materials Management Warehouse and Transition Services who helped them unload and store the clothing. 

Schools can send representatives to the Clothing Bank to pick up clothes on behalf of their students. Make arrangements by calling 248-1873. 

Students, parents, or families can request clothing assistance through a teacher, counselor, nurse, social worker or community liaison.