December 2011 Newsletter

The Season of Giving

It’s hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another successful year and into the holiday season. We at Clothes To Kids of Denver are so thankful and grateful for the support we have received, which has helped us to serve thousands of children in need.

Clothes To Kids is on track to surpass its goal of distributing 3,000 wardrobes to low-income children and youth in Denver by the end of this year. Generous funding from community members like you has allowed us to schedule extra shopping days and extend our hours in order to meet the demands in the community. We ask for your assistance on December 6th to raise the much-needed funds to continue to provide the necessary clothing that makes up the weeks worth of clothing given to each child.

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Volunteer Spotlight

My name is Carol Gill and I have been volunteering at Clothes to Kids for the past two years.  Volunteering has brought a new sense of perspective and understanding of the plight of low income children in our city.  Serving the children and their parents has brought me so much joy.

I believe that together we can make a difference in the lives of the children affected by poverty.  I invite you to share in the joy of giving by volunteering at Clothes To kids of Denver.

September 2011 Newsletter

Clothes To Kids of Denver Begins Its 3rd Back-to-School Season

At Clothes To Kids of Denver, the phones are ringing off the hook with hundreds of clients calling to schedule appointments to shop for their children’s back-to-school clothing. As CTKD rolls into its 3rd year of serving low-income school aged children in Denver County, we open our doors and hearts to these wonderful children.

Eager to learn and join their classmates, many find themselves afraid to go to school because they don’t have the appropriate clothing. No one wants to be teased and shunned because of his or her ill-fitting shoes or torn and stained clothing. They shouldn’t have to. This is why CTKD is here to serve the children in Denver. It still warms my heart when I see the smiles on the children’s faces as they find that perfect outfit that helps them expresses their personality. Knowing that they can attend school with dignity and pride, I observe them as they eagerly watch our volunteers fold and place their selections into bags to take home. The smiles and laughs coming from these children as they shop in our store will now also be heard on the playgrounds at school; happy to learn and grow.

Read more in our September 2011 Newsletter

June 2011 Newsletter

New DU MSW grad Katie Jones to join Clothes To Kids of Denver

Clothes To Kids of Denver, incorporated in January, 2008 and in the ensuing three years serving the clothing needs of thousands of low-income Denver schoolchildren free of charge, has blossomed into such an essential entity for families that it is taking on its first paid staff member to better focus its growth.

Kaitlin “Katie” Jones, a non-paid intern with CTKD since last September will begin June 7 as the organization’s Program Director. Jones, a native of Denver who will be awarded her MSW from DU on June 3, will spend 20 hours a week at CTKD’s boutique at 2890 S. Colorado Blvd, Unit M-3, serving clients, coordinating volunteers, setting up donations of clothes, arranging referrals from Denver Public Schools authorities and social workers, and working to ensure that the financial support of individuals, corporations and foundations keep pace with the obvious demand for CTKD services.

Read more in our June 2011 Newsletter

CTKD Turns 3 in New Location

They say it takes a village to raise a child and the same goes for Clothes to Kids of Denver. A village of caring, dedicated, amazing volunteers is helping CTKD to grow. Not only has CTKD grown in the number of children served and the number of agencies that refer families, we have now grown into a much larger, functional space. The new store truly is beautiful due to so many wonderful volunteers that worked tirelessly over the past couple of months.

How did we spend the summer of 2010?

  • Painting the store in bright CTKD colors
  • Installing racks and a storage counter in the storage room
  • Setting up new racks and lighting in store space
  • Building dressing rooms and counters
  • Putting new carpet into the sorting & break rooms
  • Sorting and tagging clothing

On August 12-16 2010, the big move days, volunteers worked day and night setting up the new space and moving clothing over from the old location. Amazingly, the store was open again to serve Back-to-School shoppers by August 17th! We hope you also stop by to check out the store, see the happy clients we serve, and the results that our Village of Volunteers has produced.

Many Thanks To

To the following people that brought in wonderful clothing, shoes, toys and other donations:

Melisa Meeks, Matthew Meeks, Lauren Fischer, Dawn Clark, Elle Kunisch, Ryan Olsen, Moria McCabe, Madeleine McCabe, and any one else that we may not have captured your name.

Dale Huffert, Marie Payne and Chuck Smith for their endless hours of working to complete the new store build-out.

Cory Wake, Ian Craighead, Hoang Einh, Ryan McDowell, Set Newby and Jack Bredar for helping to move boxes of clothes from the old store to the temporary sorting area then into new back storage. Also for painting the old store to restore to original.

Cory, Lane and Dan Wake for additional painting and cleaning of the old store space.

Julie Stewart with Challenge School in Parker for collecting Lost & Found and school sale items that included uniforms.

Sharon Rounds for sharing CTKD with her church, Grace Community Church, and their now ongoing clothing drives.

Wellshire Dry Cleaners and Dependable Cleaners for cleaning the dressing room curtains free of charge and to Sharon Rounds for dropping off and picking up.

Bettie Flyckt for contacting Target Stores for donations and to the Target Store on Arapahoe Road for their clothing donation.
Andrea Silva with Family-2-Family and their donation, via Office Depot, of wonderful new school backpacks.

Brownstein Hyatt-Farber-Schreck Law Firm for selecting CTKD as their philanthropy for this quarter and all the employees that worked on 8/25.

Holly Haynes for donating the beautiful conference table, nice desk chair, wall cabinets and 2 waiting room chairs. Also thanks to Holly, her son, Ryan and husband, Jim for helping to load and unload the donations.

Volunteer Spotlight

This month we wish to acknowledge and spotlight three outstanding and talented people who are dedicated Clothes To Kids of Denver, Inc. volunteers. These special human beings were pivotal in ensuring the move to our new store went seamlessly and without a hitch.

A HUGE thank you to Dale Huffert, Marie Payne and Chuck Smith for their gifts given during the summer to ensure we had carpeting secured and installed, that new dressing rooms were designed and crafted, that our new shop was painted appropriately, ensured foam lettering was painted and applied, that base boards were painted and installed, that racks and frames were fitted and safely secured to the walls, a new  extras  wall was designed and crafted and the list goes on. Dale, Marie and Chuck are the unsung heroes and the reason why we were able to open our new shop doors on August 17th as planned. Their sense of humor,
passion and attention to detail, their hard work ethic and commitment to see through tasks will benefit untold Denver County school-aged children for many years to come.

From the bottom of our most grateful hearts, we thank and honor you Marie, Chuck and Dale for going above and beyond in sharing your gifts and talents for the betterment of CTKD. You three are simply the best!