There is a Closet in town that has been renamed "Holly's Closet." It is located in the Psychiatric Institute Building on the campus of The Medical University of South Carolina, in the Department where Holly Ewans worked as a Nurse. This Closet was established a number of years ago to accommodate patients who, after receiving necessary medical services, returned to the streets where they choose to live. It is supported by the Nursing Staff, but none more enthusiastically than HOLLY EWANS. Both Fred Ewans, Holly's devoted husband, Colby, her loving daughter, and Gwen Frank, Holly's admiring Supervisor, said she had a "heart of gold" when it came to supplying this Closet.
Therefore, when Holly was tragically killed by a drunk driver, it was renamed "HOLLY'S CLOSET" and her hatsisters made it our mission to keep it filled with the gently used items needed for a life on the street. In this way, we can appropriately honor one whose life was ended far too soon. We are comforted in knowing "HOLLY'S CLOSET" coordinates with similar social service organizations that we have worked with previously.
Our donated goods will do the most good throughout the community, starting with her Closet at MUSC Department of Psychiatry, just as Holly would have wanted.
Holly's photo from our 2019 Easter Promenade and plaque bearing her name and story appear above her Closet
THE FIRST DONATION
These two photos show the initial shipment of donations from The Hat Ladies and their husbands in Archie's garage.
The boxes contain unisex stocking caps generously donated by BOLLMAN HATS, www.bollmanhats.com
Archie and Gwen, Holly's supervisor
THE SECOND DONATION
Hospital Staff member, Archie, and Gwen
THE THIRD DONATION
THE FOURTH DONATION
As The Hat Ladies continue to empty their closets, another group to which we have been affiliated is now on board, tossing their gently used items into the mix: Dragon Boat Charleston. We are all encouraged that donations will continue to provide for those in need.
EVER MORE DONATIONS; KEEP ON AND KEEP 'EM COMING!
REACTION FROM HOLLY'S FAMILY
From her daughter, Colby: Contributing to this Project is a great way for the people who needed the help my Mom gave them to continue getting it. Thank you so much
for doing this in her honor. It means more than you know. I appreciate you.
From her husband, Fred: I've tried to thank you for a week, for what you and the Hat Ladies have done for my wife's legacy. I just couldn't come up with the right words to thank you. Holly's
Closet is exactly who she was. She always found a way to reach out to those in need. That is the main reason she became a nurse and found she could do the most good as a nurse,
working with the psychiatric patients. I know that she is aware of what's being done for her, and I believe she loves it all. Thank you, Archie, with all my heart. Thank you.