Clothes for Kids, which provides school wardrobes for students in need who attend school in the Edmonds School District, said it will open its doors for back-to-school shopping this Wednesday, Aug 24.
“Thanks to generous donations from the community we have the best back to school inventory that we have experienced in a number of years,” said Nancy Laird-Burris, Clothes For Kids program manager.
Clothes for Kids volunteers spent the summer sorting, cleaning and preparing the store for back to school.
Students qualify for Clothes For Kids through the free or reduced lunch program. To simplify the process for the families, students should go to the school they attend and obtain a clothing requisition form from their school office. The form outlines the hours of operation and includes a detailed map to Clothes For Kids.
When families arrive at Clothes For Kids, they will be given a number and asked to wait so that each family can have the space and time necessary to pick out clothing for their students. Each student will receive a shopping list and basket when they come in to shop and can then look through the racks of new and gently used clothing that have been sorted by size and type. During their one shopping trip per school year, students should receive a warm coat, lighter weight coat, one pair of shoes, socks, underwear and more. The only thing that is missing is the cash register.
“We find that the wardrobes provided by Clothes For Kids help students to build confidence, so that they can attend school focused on learning meeting our vision to Empower Students For Success One Wardrobe at a Time” says Mark Cholvin, Clothes for Kids Board President. “In addition to the benefits to the students, relieving the families of this expense gives them the opportunity to focus on housing, food and other necessities.”
Clothes for Kids is in need of additional volunteers, in-kind donations and cash contributions to help to fill the holes in inventory and meet the needs of students in Headstart through 12th grade. For more information, visit www.clothesforkids.org or call 425-741-6500.