Clothes to Kids Denver, a non-profit organization that provides free clothing for school-aged children, has temporarily closed its doors for a construction project. But when all of the work is done, Clothes to Kids will have doubled its physical space -- allowing the organization to serve more kids.
"We opened our doors in September of 2008 and we have served 16,500 kids to date, kindergarten through 12, and young people working towards their GED," says Katie Jones, executive director of Clothes to Kids. The non-profit has one full-time employee, three part-time workers and fifty regular volunteers who give over 500 hours a month to the cause of helping outfit kids.
Located at 2890 South Colorado Boulevard, Clothes to Kids occupies 1,500 square feet of the space; the other half is used for storage. "We are so cramped and busy," says Jones. "We want to make it a great shopping experience for the kids, so will move storage to an adjacent space and move partition walls. When it is done we will have 3,000 square feet of retail space."
Kids get connected to Clothes to Kids through Denver Public Schools employees, teachers and social workers; they can also be connected through their free or reduced lunch qualification letter. According to DPSK12.org, 72 percent of Denver Public School students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
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To help pay for the construction project, Clothes to Kids will hold its annual fundraiser, Twist and Snout, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the EXDO Event Center, 3500 Walnut Street. The evening will include gourmet food from some of Colorado's best chefs, music by the Hazel Miller Band, silent and live auctions, and dancing. Tickets are $85 for individuals and $60 for young professionals, with all proceeds going to Clothes to Kids. For tickets, go to Clothestokidsdenver.org.