Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving low-income or in-crisis school age children in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
We envision a community in which every child has quality clothing so that he or she may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success. Our mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income or in-crisis school age children, free of charge.
Clothes To Kids was founded in 2002 by Jode Eye and Marie McClung in Pinellas County, Florida. Through their volunteer work with students, they recognized that children without adequate clothing often felt embarrassed and unprepared in school. Research shows that many children that come to school without adequate clothing and shoes experience low self-esteem, poor social skills and lack of concentration in school.
Clothes To Kids captured Elaine Rubinson’s heart and interest when she attended their March 2015 fundraiser in St. Petersburg, Florida. Elaine was motivated by their mission statement and intrigued by the creativity used to implement their mission. How wonderful, she thought, for kids to shop with dignity at a scheduled time, and not feel as if they were receiving charity. With the help of the new Board and dedicated volunteers, Elaine was able to make her passion a reality and start a new CTK affiliate in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County was incorporated in Fall 2015.
CTK now has six affiliates around the country!