Clothes for Kids would like to thank the many community members for the role they played in helping us provide a record number of wardrobes to children in need: Over 5,200 during the 2009-10 school year to children throughout Snohomish County.
Just two years ago, we provided 3,500 wardrobes for children in need. We have seen the need increase each year, and thankfully — due to our volunteers as well as the support in the community from individuals, businesses, and community organizations — Clothes for Kids has been able to meet that demand.
How does our program work? We are a referral-based organization. Children receive a referral from their school counselor, teacher or administrator. The children and their parents then visit Clothes for Kids during any of our open shopping hours. Together they shop in our retail store environment and select a full wardrobe from our selection of new and gently used clothing. They may visit Clothes for Kids twice per year — once in the fall and once in the spring. As we say, the only thing missing is a cash register.
We are proud of the work we have accomplished. To every volunteer who contributed to more than 7,900 volunteer hours this year, every donor and community group that helped us meet this need, we send our deepest appreciation.
— Submitted by Rob Schwertley, Clothes for Kids