Clothes For Kids opens Monday, Aug. 24 for its 32nd year of providing low-income students with school wardrobes. “
Our vision is to empower students for success one wardrobe at a time,” said Nancy Laird-Burris, Program Manager at Clothes For Kids. “With the school wardrobe program, we are able to operate a store-like environment that helps build self-esteem and allows students and their families to find quality clothing. The only difference between Clothes For Kids and a retail outlet is that there is no cash register.”
“The need is greater than ever,” says Joy Ingram, the non-profit’s Development Director. “In 2007, 28.6 percent of students in Snohomish County were eligible for free or reduced meals. Last year, that number was 37 percent.” Any student who qualifies for free/reduced meals at school in Snohomish County or the Northshore School District can simply go to their school office and request a Clothes For Kids Requisition for Clothing form.
With this increase in need, clothing donations are more important than ever. To that end, Clothes For Kids has added a 24-hour drop box in the parking lot immediately behind their building for donations of school clothing.
Clothes For Kids is a grassroots organization funded entirely through local, private support. Visit www.clothesforkids.org for details about events, volunteering, donation opportunities, and more.