JCC campers and bathing suit bonanza at the CTKF Store

The week of July 24th was a busy one at the CTKF Store! On Monday, 14 campers from the Stamford JCC came to volunteer with CTKF. They helped to organize all the girls and boys t-shirts, underwear, socks and shoes. They also cleaned up the store and sorted clothing. In addition, they helped to replenish the racks by hanging clothing. These campers are in grades 6-8. They accomplished a great deal in 1 ½ hours!

Also, thanks to a Morgan Stanley clothing drive and over $400 raised from a crowd funding effort, 73 kids received new bathing suits at The Boys & Girls Club at The Yerwood Center. Just in time for Water Safety week, with programs courtesy of the Zac Foundation. Over 100 children participated and many were wearing suits provided by CTKF!

 

Runway Ready

Photos by Maribel Sandalo of the Boys & Girls Club

This spring, the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford held a fabulous night of fashion! The fashion show is a special annual Boys & Girls Club event that the members look forward to each year. Children ages 5-10 years were among the future runway models participating, and wore clothing proudly provided by Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County. With so many great options donated by our supporters, the children were able to show off their unique, individual styles while wearing clothing they felt comfortable and confident in. Not only were they able to walk the runway wearing awesome clothing, but they were able to take their selections home to keep as new wardrobe items!

CTKF Store 1 Month Progress

CTKF's Volunteer Coordinator Nadine Baccellieri assists a client as she shops for clothing for her children
CTKF’s Volunteer Coordinator Nadine Baccellieri assists a client as she shops for clothing for her daughter.

On October 13th, 2016, CTKF opened its doors and began serving families in Fairfield County. CTKF representatives and volunteers have been busy arranging appointments for families and assisting clients with finding the perfect fit, selecting comfortable and warm items, and choosing unique styles that each child will feel confident wearing.

Since our official opening 1 month ago, we have provided over 92 children with wardrobes! For us at CTKF, seeing the smiling faces of children and parents as they leave our store with much needed shopping bags filled with quality clothing is the most wonderful feeling. We are proud to have served Fairfield County families and we are determined to continue providing children with access to clean clothing, free of charge. Additionally, we are grateful for the tremendous efforts of our volunteers –  thank you!

Want to make a difference in the lives of children in Fairfield County communities? We want to hear from you! Learn about our volunteer opportunities here.

Interested in making a donation? Read more about ways to support us here.

Thank you Newman’s Own Foundation

Thank you Newman’s Own Foundation

Dear Newman’s Own Foundation,

First let us just say, thank you! Your recent grant support means you understand just how important it is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income and in-crisis school age children in Fairfield County. We envision a community in which every school-age child has quality clothing so that he or she may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success. With more than 47,600 children, or approximately 33.5% of school age children in Fairfield County eligible to receive free or reduced-price school lunches, we have our work cut out for us.

The Newman’s Own Foundation grant funds will be put to immediate use. We are busy stocking our new Clothes To Kids store, as we prepare to open for back-to-school shoppers. Every eligible child may shop twice a year for a week’s worth of clothing, all free of charge. Families will shop by appointment, and shoppers can browse a wide variety of clean, stylish, top quality clothing to select what they like best. Dressing rooms will be provided to ensure a comfortable fit.

Our sincerest thank you!

Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County

 

We found a location for our new store!

We found a location for our new store!

Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County is excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford to open our new store in the recently revitalized Yerwood Center in downtown Stamford!

Our mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income or in-crisis school age children in Fairfield County, Connecticut—free of charge. Families will shop by appointment, so once the new store is open we can begin scheduling! Each eligible child may shop twice a year to select a week’s worth of clothing.

Our goal is to be fully stocked and open our doors in spring 2016, so watch for our “Grand Opening” announcement!

The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford began operating programs at their Yerwood Unit in October 2015. They serve children ages 6-18, offering programs and services that promote and enhance their development. Their mission is to enable all children to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Interested in volunteering? Have clothing to donate? If so, please get in touch! We’re going to need your help to meet our goal of opening the store this spring.

The Yerwood Center is located at:
90 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford CT 06902

 

Our inspiration, the Clothes To Kids affiliates

Clothes To Kids captured Elaine Rubinson’s heart and interest when she attended their March 2015 fundraiser in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was motivated by their mission statement and intrigued by the creativity used to implement their mission. How wonderful 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 Connecticut. Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County was incorporated in November 2015.

We are inspired beyond words by the pioneering work of Clothes To Kids in Florida (founded in 2002) and Clothes To Kids of Denver (incorporated in 2008). Watch this video to see how CTK Denver is changing the lives of deserving families in the Denver Metro Area. It is our goal to bring the same level of service to families in need in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Video provided courtesy of Clothes To Kids of Denver, Inc.

There’s a new nonprofit in Fairfield County CT!

Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County is an exciting new nonprofit to help ease the financial burden on low-income families, and build self-esteem in children. Our mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income school-age children, or children in crisis, free of charge. We envision a community in which all children have quality clothing so that they may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success.

We have already received some donations of good quality clothing from family and friends. 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 style and size.

Volunteers and donors alike are needed to make this new project a success. Whether in the form of money, clothing or time, we ask that you join our cause and donate to Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County. Your contribution, whatever the amount and time, will be the catalyst that moves our venture forward.