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Darla's Duds at St.Mary's Hospital offers free clothing, essentials to patients

"I want the legacy of Darla's kindness to carry on in the fashion of who she was"
Posted at 6:50 AM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 14:05:58-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — When walking into Darla's Duds, people see racks of clothes and shoes fill the room. It may look like an average closet, but when Jeanette Hopkins walks in, she's reminded of the memory of her friend Darla Ordway.

"She was my confidant. She was the kindness person I've ever met," Hopkins said.

Darla passed away in the beginning of this year, but she was one of the nurses that helped create the idea behind Darla's Duds at St. Mary's Hospital.

They named the room Darla's Duds to honor the memory of who Darla was for everyone that walks in the room.

"I want the legacy of Darla's kindness to care on," Hopkins said. "This helps us remember her in the fashion that we should, of who Darla was."

It's a closet, that anyone can go in, to get free essentials like t-shirts, toiletries and shoes.

The room has only been open for a couple months, but Hopkins said she's already seen a major impact on the patients and staff at St. Mary's Hospital.

Hopkins said her dream is to see the concept behind Darla's Duds seen across hospitals in Tucson.

If you'd like to donate, you can contact Jeanette Hopkins at (520) 349-0037.