Spring cleaning? Donate gently used children’s clothing to Clothes for Kids

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As the days begin to get longer and the weather starts to warm, kids and their parents begin to start thinking about shorts, swimsuits and spring dresses. Clothes For Kids, which provides wardrobes for children enrolled in Snohomish County schools, could use your gently used children’s clothing including shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits, dresses and flip flops. Spring is a great time to clean out the dresser drawers and closets and donate those items to students who can really use them.

Clothes For Kids has been serving Snohomish County since 1984. During the first four of months of operation this year, the non-profit agency has served over 2,595 children and last year provided clothing for more than 5,200 children. “Providing spring and summer clothing to  students in preschool through 12th grade allows their families to focus their limited resources in other areas and helps students to end the school year on a positive note” said Nancy Laird-Burris, program manager for Clothes For Kids.

“We operate on a shoestring budget; it is through our generous clothing donors that we are able to continue to grow our services and meet the needs of even more children” said Rob Schwertley, president of the Clothes For Kids Board of Directors. New in-kind donations total more than $400,000 annually, and gently used clothing helps to fill in the much-needed sizes and current styles that students like to have, he added.

With many families feeling the effects of this difficult economy, this is a great time to support our community. Clothes For Kids opened for spring and summer shopping on March 1, and will stay open for shopping until June 1. However, donations are accepted throughout the year. Visit www.clothesforkids.org for more information.

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