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Kids Kloset gets grants for childrens clothes
ARLINGTON The Arlington Kids Kloset recently received a combined total of $2,500 from the Crown Distributing Employee Giving Fund and the Greater Everett Community Foundation.
According to Kids Kloset co-founder Kimberly Meno, the $500 grant they received from the Crown Distributing Employee Giving Fund was specifically earmarked for the purchase of new socks and underwear, while the $2,000 grant they received from the Greater Everett Community Foundation was a complete surprise, that she expects will go toward the purchase of as many as 200 pairs of shoes.
Shoes are always in demand at the Kids Kloset, which is why the Arlington Rotarys donation of $5,000, earlier in the year, was set aside to buy more than 490 shoes. For those who might consider this a large number, Meno explained that the Kids Kloset has served at least 475 children since the start of the current school year.
The Kids Kloset coverage area has also grown to include the Darrington School District, in addition to those of Arlington and Lakewood, but Meno credited Arlington and Lakewood schools such as the English Crossing, Kent Prairie and Presidents Elementaries with helping to support their neighbors to the east, by conducting collection drives for clothing and hygiene items.
With winter weather fully upon us, Meno emphasized the need for hats, scarves, gloves and coats, especially since the Kids Klosets second shopping season for this school year is tentatively scheduled for March, on behalf of the children in the Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington school districts who qualify for government-assisted free or reduced-price school meals, or who are otherwise income eligible and directly referred.
As a non-profit group with low overhead, the Kids Kloset tries not to spend any of their operating costs on purchasing new items, so the organization relies almost exclusively on donations of clothing, backpacks, school supplies and hygiene items from others to stock their stores shelves, on the first floor of the old high school A building.
We let parents and children choose complete wardrobes for themselves, enough to last them a full school week, along with backpacks full of school supplies that are appropriate for each childs grade level, Meno said. Were also there for children with emergency needs, because of fires, hurricanes, family crisis situations or sudden relocations. Without all of you, the Kids Kloset wouldnt be available to these kids.
The Arlington Kids Kloset is located on 135 S. French St. in Arlington, but is closed for the holidays from Dec. 15 through Jan. 8, after which it will resume its regular hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for volunteers, and from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for shoppers, as well as the first Saturday of every month. To find out more or volunteer, you can call 360-435-4875 or simply show up when its open.