Goodwill helps Clothes to Kids during the holidays

Jan 07, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo ONE NONPROFIT HELPS ANOTHER — Pictured, from left, are Lois Beery Fulmer, with Goodwill's and Todd Silverwood and Kalie Mathews.

The Christmas Elves struck again — this time with a check in their hands.  On the Friday before Christmas, Clothes To Kids received a call that some one had a surprise for them.
After making  arrangements to meet the party Saturday before Christmas, the surprise came in the form of the manager of the Goodwill Store, Todd Silverwood, and the assistant manager, Kalie Mathews, bringing a check for $450.  It is a happy occurance for one nonprofit to help another nonprofit.
Clothes To Kids of Haywood County has been providing clothes for free, to deserving kids of Haywood County since they opened their shop Aug. 7, 2013.  Since that time, the non- profit has been a recipient of many donations of new and gently used clothing that are school appropriate for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade.    Each child receives three sets of clothes that include tops and bottoms, sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets plus three sets of new underwear and shoes, if the group has the correct size.
Clothes to Kids is always looking for donations, since it has served more than 175 children since opening in August, but a check is just as welcome, as all of the underwear has to be purchased new.  Organizers said they also find we often have to "go shopping" for clothing sizes that haven't been donated, so receiving the money will goes a long way. 
Goodwill Industries offers job training for careers in many areas.  It works closely with local businesses to know where jobs are growing and what skills are needed.  This works well with the Clothes To Kids mission to clothe kids to build the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success in school which will then eventually  translate to the workplace.
Gently used or new school appropriate clothes may be dropped at the Clothes to Kids of Haywood County shop at 177 Weldon Way, Suite 2, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.  Call one of the names on the door to let the organizers know you have a donation.  Or a check may be mailed to the above address.