Community Clothes Closet is hosting a new winter clothing collection in partnership with Fox River Mall in Appleton, WI this fall.
From October 14th to November 23rd, three collection boxes will be placed in mall corridors to encourage shoppers to donate new winter coats, scarves, hats and gloves. Adult's and children's sizes will be accepted and provided to families in need in our community. Having a safe and warm winter coat is critical for folks living in our area. Without help, many kids and adults would not have the necessary winter attire needed to make it through the chilly Wisconsin winter.
A new, innovative pilot program is being introduced by CCC in October. The Traveling Closet is a partnership with the Oshkosh Area School District and supported by the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, which is supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs within the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the J.J. Keller Foundation and other community partners. Other funders of the Traveling Closet include the Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation and the Take 5 Fund within the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The Traveling Closet will serve Oshkosh students of all ages referred by school counselors who need new functional and warm clothing, outerwear, boots and gym shoes during the school year. Monthly distribution events will provide approximately 7,600 articles of clothing, 400 pairs of shoes and 900 bedding items.
Cool for School was hosted in mid-August and over 3,600 articles of clothing and shoes were provided to 356 young scholars. “I can’t wait for the first day of school” was heard often by volunteers who helped kids shop for new pants, tops, athletic shoes, socks and underwear. All this is possible because of our caring community partners and amazing volunteers. A special thank you to our sponsors: Appleton Rotary Foundation Service Fund, Pitney Bowes, TJX Foundation Inc., Water-Right Charitable Fund, First Presbyterian Church Bergstrom Grant, Memorial Presbyterian Church and Menasha Utilities.
About Cool For School:
Students ages 4-18 will receive a new school outfit, socks, underwear and a pair of gym shoes to start the year off feeling confident and ready to learn!
You can support this program by donating new tops and bottoms, gym shoes, socks and underwear in sizes 4T through adult XXL or let us do the shopping for you. Sponsor a child for $50. Checks can be made out to Community Clothes Closet, 1465B Opportunity Way, Menasha WI 54952 or donate here.
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