Clothes To Kids holds ribbon cutting, will host open house Aug. 25

Aug 14, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo From left to right, Jack Ewing, Dr. Anne Garrett, Patsy Dowling (in rear), Sylvia Russell, Ed Russell, Michelle Mull and Payton Adams celebrate the official opening of Clothes to Kids of Haywood County at the ribbon cutting Aug. 7.

Clothes To Kids of Haywood County, Inc. held a ribbon cutting Wednesday, Aug. 7 to officially open their clothing shop for kids.

Clothes To Kids of Haywood County, located at 177 Weldon Way in Lake Junaluska, is a non-profit charity with a mission to provide new and quality used school appropriate clothing to low-income school children, free of charge. The organization's vision is a community in which every school-age young person has quality clothing so that he or she may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success.

Working closely with the public school system, a social worker will refer families based on need to make an appointment twice a year to pick out a wardrobe of clothes.

On hand to support the effort were founders Payton Adams and Ed and Sylvia Russell. Joining them with their unqualified support were Patsy Dowling of Mountain Projects, Dr. Anne Garrett, superintendent of Haywood County Schools, Dr. Jack Ewing, executive director of Lake Junaluska, Lisa James of Haywood Christian Ministries and numerous others from those groups supporting this effort.

"I'm just so thrilled, that's the only word for it," Dowling said. "When a child doesn't have the right clothes to wear......this is a missing link to what is needed to help them achieve in school."

Clothes To Kids is in need of your donations of new or gently-used school appropriate clothes for ages kindergarten through high school.  Especially needed are boys and young men's pants and jackets in small sizes. Socks and underwear must be new and in packages. Cash and checks are also welcomed, and Clothes To Kids will do the shopping.

Clothes To Kids will host an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 so the public may see the colorful new facility and have refreshments. The organization will accept donations during the event. Otherwise, clothing donations may be left on the covered porch if the shop is not open — just call one of the people listed on the door. Clothes To Kids plans to have drop off locations scattered throughout the community in the future.

Anyone interested in donating clothes to the organization, or sponsoring a clothing drive, should email or call the store at 456-8990. Clothes To Kids also has a Facebook page: Clothes To Kids of Haywood County, Inc.