A new non-profit organization has been formed to provide local school children with clothing and shoes.
The mission of the new resource, “Clothe Our Kids”, is to provide at-risk children and needy children with clothing and shoes.
“As a second part to our vision, we plan on stocking each school nurse’s office with socks, new underwear and gender-neutral sweatpants in case of accidents,” said Laura Mayer, co-founder with Shelley Lyon of Clothe Our Kids.
“We are supported solely by community clothing donations, and our vision is to provide a box of clothing to a child in need within 24 hours of being contacted by the school,” added Mayer. “Our goal is for this box to include five outfits, coat, shoes, new underwear and socks.”
According to organizers, all clothing and shoe donations will be screened for school and weather appropriateness and cleanliness. They will then be organized and made ready for distribution.
“We have ‘warehouse’ space already available, and it is filling up fast,” Mayer said.
“Because it’s our teachers who see our children every day, they are the ones aware of the children in need,” said Lyon. “They see the ‘day-to-day’, and they see the children who wear the same clothes to school every day or who come to school in the middle of winter with no coat.”
Organizers have gone to local teachers as points of contact to help children.
“At this point, we are focusing on helping pre-k through eighth grade children,” Lyon explained. “This is a tough economy, and our heart is to help children. Having warm and adequate clothing for school will help set them up for success both academically and socially and tell them they are loved and cared about.”
According to the organization’s founders, the goal of providing clothing and shoes is being accomplished 100 percent through community donations. If you would like to donate, the following are needed: season appropriate clothing, jackets, coats and other outerwear, socks, underwear new in package, tennis shoes and boys’ sweatpants, which will be used for boys and girls but that come in gender neutral colors with elastic at the ankle.
You can drop off donations at Wallis Family Chiropractic, located at 1323 Huntsville Highway next to Fast Pace Clinic, on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., or at Salon Shea next to Kirkland Pest Control in Parks City. Hours vary, so call ahead at 438-8883 for a drop-off time.
For more information or to request a donation pickup, call Laura Mayer at 931-625-6953 or Shelley Lyon at 931-625-5191. You can also visit the organization’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/clotheourkids.