Open House & Ribbon Cutting Mark the Official Grand Opening of the CTKF Store

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The Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County (CTKF) store opened its doors to the public for a three-day open house event, September 28-30. Guest of honor Stamford Mayor David Martin led the ribbon cutting ceremony as Executive Director Elaine Rubinson proudly looked on. The CTKF team worked tirelessly over the prior four months to reach this highly anticipated moment, and were thrilled to welcome professionals from public schools, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local companies to the open house.

The work that has gone into building, organizing, and maintaining the CTKF store is a collaborative effort from the organization’s enthusiastic founders, board members, and volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to its mission: to provide new or gently used clothing to children in critical need in grades K-12 in Fairfield County communities, all free of charge.

This summer the team was hard at work securing donations, spreading awareness throughout the community, establishing operational and fundraising plans, and renovating the store in order to create a larger, more functional space. Upon stepping foot inside the newly finished and fully stocked CTKF Store, located in Stamford’s Yerwood Center-Boys & Girls Club, shoppers are greeted with a warm, bright, and welcoming atmosphere. Tidy racks and cubbies are filled with clean, quality clothing. Fun, colorful signage and an easy-to-navigate layout for both youth and young adult clothing, are clear indicators that this space has been well-prepared for shoppers. The “back room” serves as a work space where incoming donations from retail stores, individual donors, and community drives can be washed, sorted, hung up on hangers, placed in bins, or folded.

Elaine Rubinson brings her social service background and expertise to CTKF. She possesses an awareness and understanding that there are circumstances in which it may be financially challenging for parents/guardians to provide new clothing for their children, and is committed to giving families access to well-fitting clothing, free of charge. Over 33% of school age children living in Fairfield County are eligible to shop in the store, which indicates that many families in these communities can benefit from CTKF’s services.

Families and children seeking clothing will find friendly, upbeat and knowledgeable volunteers ready to assist them with their overall shopping experience. CTKF volunteers include high school teens, college students, church and bible study groups, individual community members, local professionals, and those who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth.

We are always looking for new volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering your time to collect or sort items, host a drive, provide operational support, be a personal shopper, or donate gently used/new clothing, please contact Elaine Rubinson at (203) 533-9846 or info@clothestokidsfairfieldcounty.org.

Please consider joining us as we continue in our efforts to clothe a child, change a life!

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Open House at the CTKF Store

 

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Do you know a school child (K-12) in Fairfield County who needs clothing?  Visit the Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County open house to learn how they can receive two free wardrobes a year!

Our mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to students from low-income or in-crisis families. Students receiving free or reduced lunch letter are eligible to shop at CTKF. Referrals are made by approved community advocates, such as teachers, guidance counselors, and social workers.

Please swing by the new CTKF Store if you are interested in referring a student or a family, or want to learn more about Clothes To Kids. We’d love to meet you!

CTKF Open House

September 28, 29, and 30 — 12:00-2:00pm
Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County Store
Located in the Yerwood Center-Boys & Girls Club
90 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford
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Stop by on the 29th for a ribbon cutting ceremony with Stamford Mayor David Martin, Mike Cotela (Executive Director of the Yerwood Center-Boys & Girls Club), and Elaine Rubinson (Executive Director of Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County).

 

For more information, contact Elaine Rubinson at (203) 533-9846 or elainer@clothestokidsfairfieldcounty.org.

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Save the Date! Cook for Kids Fundraiser, Dec 1

 

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Join Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County as we host our first annual Cook for Kids Fundraiser!

December 1, 2016
6-8pm @ Aitoro in Norwalk CT

Come prepared for a special evening filled with great food and great wine. Watch local chefs in action as they prepare their favorite appetizers. Silent auction and live music too.

All proceeds will benefit Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County.

Join us for brunch on May 15!

Join us for brunch on May 15!

Get to know Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County and join us for a free brunch on May 15!

We’re excited to share our story with members of the community. Come to learn more about our organization and our many volunteer opportunities.

We will also be accepting clothing donations, so jump into your spring cleaning early and bring any clothing donations for kids (K-12th grade) with you! See our complete list of accepted items.

Brunch details

Sunday, May 15, 2016
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20 Forest Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Click here to RSVP
Click here for the event flyer

**Please RSVP by May 11**

Who we are

Clothes To Kids was founded in 2002 in Clearwater, Florida. Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County is a new affiliate, started in fall 2015 to serve low-income or in-crisis school age children in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to these children, all free of charge.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.

 

“Spring Clean Your Closets” Clothing Drive | April 30-May 14

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Look no further than your own closet for donations to Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County’s first ever “Spring Clean Your Closets” Clothing Drive, April 30-May 14, 2016.

Do you have clothing that no longer fits?  Or perhaps some things you haven’t worn for a while? Take this opportunity to perform a deep cleanse on your closet! Items that you no longer need may be an absolute treasure to someone else.

What we need

Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County gladly accepts quality new and gently-used clothing and shoes that would be appropriate for kids (grades K-12) to wear to school.

All items and sizes are needed at this time. Please ensure they are clean and in good condition:

  • tops (any kinds, tshirts, polos, long-sleeved, short-sleeved, sweaters, sweatshirts)
  • bottoms (to include, pants, jeans, shorts, skirts)
  • dressier items (blazers, suits and dressy dresses for girls; sports jackets and suits for boys)
  • coats and jackets (both lightweight and winter)
  • shoes (boots, slip-ons, tennis shoes)
  • all undergarments** (new socks and underwear)
  • we also accept belts, purses, hats, jewelry, backpacks, and winter accessories and will allow these as part of the wardrobe as available.

 **We cannot accept used underwear or socks. New items must be in unopened packages. Gently-used bras are okay.

Schedule a pick-up or drop-off!

To arrange a scheduled pick-up or drop-off during the clothing drive, please contact:

If you live in CT:  Call or text Elaine at (203) 533-9846, or elainer@clothestokidsfairfieldcounty.org

If you live in NYC:  Call or text Alexandra at (203) 984-5017, or alexandrak@clothestokidsfairfieldcounty.org

 

We need your help to get our new Clothes To Kids store fully stocked and ready to open!  

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Thank you for making Giving Day 2016 a resounding success!

Thank you for making Giving Day 2016 a resounding success!

We raised over $2,300 on Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2016, our first time participating in this amazing annual event! March 10, 2016 was a big day for Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County, and the board and volunteers want to thank everyone for helping to fuel our mission.

The gifts we received will be put to use immediately, gettting our new store space ready to open, purchasing new socks and underwear for kids grades K-12, and purchasing software to track donors and clients.

With your support, so much is possible.

Give where you live! Support us on Fairfield County’s Giving Day March 10th

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Come together with other donors in the region during this 24-hour event and make an incredibly powerful, collective impact by supporting your favorite local nonprofits. Give where you live on March 10th and help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 (or more!).

On March 10th:

  • Go to FCGives.org
  • Donate $10 or more to Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County
  • Spread the word! Post, tweet, share!  #FairfieldCountyGives

Make one or more donations throughout the day and help Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County win one of many monetary prizes.

Here are a few prizes that we’ve set our sights on:

  • On March 7: “Like” our Giving Day Facebook post any time between 7am and 4pm. The organization with the most number of “Likes” will win $500!
  • On March 10: When the clock strikes midnight, visit our Giving Day donation page and make a donation of $25.  The first 20 organizations to receive $25 from 25 individual donors will receive $1,000 from Whole Foods!

Donating on Fairfield County’s Giving Day will help Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County open our new store.  Our goal is to be fully stocked and ready to open our doors by spring of 2016, in a unique store-like setting where parents can shop with dignity and children can browse for their own school clothes.

We are a new nonprofit and our needs are many. Your donations will help us to:

  • open our new store
  • purchase new underwear and socks for kids in grades K-12
  • purchase office supplies
  • purchase software to keep track of our clients and donors

Mark your calendar for March 10th!