Kids Kloset receives funds, supplies from Arlington staff

ARLINGTON Patrons of the Arlington Kids Kloset had their holidays brightened Dec. 4, when city of Arlington staff dropped off supplies for students and nearly $500 in cash.
According to City of Arlington Wellness Coordinator Sherri Phelps, Mayor Margaret Larson asked city staff to come up with contributions for Kids Kloset as a way of enriching the community as a whole.
I got so excited when they piled up, Phelps said. Our staff rocked and really came through.
Kids Kloset co-founder Kimberly Meno was equally enthusiastic about the citys efforts.
I hear Mayor Margaret wanted something that would give her goose bumps, Meno laughed. The city is one of several organizations that have shown their support for us, especially during the holiday season.
Meno noted that the city staff donated $471 in cash, including $150 which came from the Arlington Police Dept Employee Fund, as well as $100 from community donations for the Santa pictures in the City Council Chambers. The citys contributions of supplies for students included the following:
29 bottles of shampoo
48 tubes of toothpaste
57 toothbrushes
47 deodorants
16 cans of shaving cream
71 razors
49 bars of soap
85 brushes and combs
42 winter hats
57 pairs of winter gloves
70 pairs of socks and tights.
16 new garments
Meno added that the Pioneer, Kent Prairie and Eagle Creek elementaries, as well as the Commons Church and Gutierrez Family Chiropractic, are currently conducting holiday drives for Kids Kloset, just as Frontier Bank, Julies Barber Shop and Arlington Pharmacy and Gifts conducted back-to-school supply drives this fall.
The Rotary Club of Arlington gave us $5,000 for new shoes, and the Friends of the Arlington Library gave us $1,000 for school supplies over the next five years, Meno said. We received $2,500 from the Windermere Foundation, and the Emerald Hills Estates over-55 sewing group knitted 50 winter hats and sweaters. Bill Reese made a large donation of newly purchased coats and winter clothing. Our biggest needs continue to be volunteers and winter coats in good condition.
Meno emphasized that Kids Kloset remains a 100-percent volunteer-run organization thats solely dependent on community support, and went on to praise the community further for its outpouring of aid thus far.
At our annual Taste of Washington in August, we raised $20,000, more than twice the amount from the previous year, Meno said. There were 82 people in attendance and $10,000 was raised on the Fund-A-Child auction item alone!
For more information on Kids Kloset, you may contact Meno by phone at 425-422-4549, or 360-403-8696.

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