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Before she was even born, Ella was blessed with everything a baby would ever need! Tragically, at just a few months old, Ella Pearl Levins gained her wings, and hearts throughout the Glades area were heavy with grief. As the community came together to provide an outpouring of support, the founder of Ella’s Closet, Debra Allen, was moved with a vision to allow the legacy of such a precious baby to continue to shine throughout the world.

With a mission to provide the families of young children with life-saving skills such as CPR, educational workshops, mentoring and necessary provisions for their infants and children, Ella’s Closet opened its doors in 2015 as a ministry of the Light House Café. Full of clothing, baby gear, toiletries, formula, diapers, and much more, Ella’s Closet is stocked with everything you could think of for infants and children through five years of age.

Want to shop Ella’s Closet? Well, don’t forget your “Ella Bucks”! See, Ella’s Closet does not even accept good old cash. To earn Ella Bucks, you have to attend workshops or classes offered throughout the month. Held at the Light House Cafe, the mothers and families of young children within the Western Glades Communities can connect with others, while also learning life and parenting skills. Upon completion, the attendees are “paid” in Ella Bucks as a reward for attending that class or workshop. They can then choose to save their bucks for a larger ticket item, or they can go ahead and start shopping!

It is through the continued support of amazing people like you that Ella’s Closet can continue impacting the lives of mothers and families across our community. If you would like to help support our mission, we would be grateful for item donations of boys and girls gently used clothing, high chairs, diapers, formula, and other items needed for children ages birth to five. To make a monetary donation, please visit us at

An angel wrote her name, Ella Pearl, in the book of life; then she whispered as she closed the book, “Too beautiful for earth.” Just like a pearl – unique, special, precious, & perfect, Ella’s impact is everlasting, & she continues to bless this world in more ways than we will ever know.

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