Young Professionals give Clothes to Kids a boost

Dec 30, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Lois Beery Fulmer, at left, and Linda Edwards accepted clothes into the shop and processed them for the next deserving child to come in and be 'wowed' with their chance to shop for themselves.
Clothes To Kids of Haywood County has been clothing the kids-in-need of Haywood County since it opened its shop Aug. 7, 2013. Since that time, the nonprofit has been a recipient of many donations of new and gently used clothing that is school appropriate for kids from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Most donations are left at the shop anonymously at the Weldon Way location.
"We are always looking for donations as we have served more than 175 children since that opening day," said Lois Beery Fulmer. "Each child receives threee sets of clothes that  include tops and bottoms, sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets plus three sets of new underwear and shoes if we have the correct size."
The Young Professionals group of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce called the shop in October wanting to team with Clothes To Kids for its annual holiday service project.  The group's mission is to engaging young professionals through the core values of professional development, networking and community service to make Haywood County a better place to live, work and play.
Volunteers at the shop identified key size areas that were needed and the Young Professionals collected clothing for grades K to third grade throughout the month of November and early December and presented them to the Clothes To Kids volunteers in mid-December.
Fulmer and Linda Edwards accepted the clothes into the shop and processed them for the next deserving child to come in and be wowed with the chance to shop for themselves.
Clothes To Kids believes that providing quality clothing will give deserving kids the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success.
To make a clothing or money donation, donors can leave the clothes at the location and call one of the names listed on the door. Or, donors may send  a check to Clothes to Kids of Haywood County, 177 Weldon Way, Ste. 2, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.
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