As kids head out for their first day of school Tuesday morning, a Lynnwood-based charity is having trouble helping needy family fulfill their basic clothing needs.
Clothes for Kids is experiencing a dramatic increase in demand from the community.
“Without operating support and basic needs filled we are in danger of having to turn families away,” program manager Nancy Laird-Burris said.
In the first week of operation this year Clothes for Kids served over 500 children, a record number for the organization. Now they are struggling to meet the basic needs and funding the cost of operating the storefront facility on 168th Street SW.
“The biggest difference can be made through financial donations – big and small. These dollars go directly to cover the cost of providing critical needs and ensuring that the doors stay open,” Laird-Burris said. “Our generous volunteers who provide over 8,500 volunteer hours annually help to keep our expenses at a minimum allowing the financial support from the community to directly benefit children in need.”
Secure donations can be made online at clothesforkids.org.
Clothes for Kids expects the need to increase with many families feeling the effects of the down economy.