Fort Riley, Kansas



ACS Lending Closet gives a helping dish

By Jessica Healey | POST | February 12, 2014

Army Families often move many times. Making that transition from one post to the next can be a challenge, but there is a service at Fort Riley that helps make the process a little easier to bear.

The Army Community Service Lending Closet can provide temporary household items Soldiers and families might need while their household goods are being packed up or awaiting arrival at their new duty station.

“This is a cost-savings benefit. Without it, you would have to go buy new stuff until your household goods arrive, and why do that if you have good dishes coming?” said Becky Willis, Army Volunteer Corps coordinator, ACS, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The Lending Closet is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and is located at ACS, 7264 Normandy Drive. No appointment is necessary.

ACS staff does prefer for Lending Closet customers to arrive by 3:30 p.m. in order to complete the necessary paperwork, she said, which includes an agreement form to return or replace borrowed items.

Although the lending closet was created with moving in mind, Willis said, it can be utilized for just about any reason household items are needed on a short-term basis, like family or friends visiting for the holidays or if the toaster suddenly breaks.

Additionally, dish packs are kept ready to go by ACS staff. The packs include dishes and eating utensils for six people, as well as baking dishes, pots and pans, cooking utensils and basic kitchen items needed for food preparation.

Pack-and-Play portable cribs, high chairs and car seats also are available for babies and toddlers, as well as toasters, crock pots, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards.

Sleeping cots and folding tables can be checked out as well.

The Lending Closet also has been utilized by victims of fire or victims of other crisis that leave them in need of household items.

Donations can be made to the lending closet, Willis said, however, they cannot use items like microwaves and vacuums. Willis recommends donating those items to the Post Thrift Store.

For more information about the Lending Closet, contact ACS at 785-239-9435.