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Students in need will soon have an even better selection of free school clothing at Clothes To Kids of Denver thanks to our new School Bin Collection program, which launched in October 2014. The RK Foundation, which is the philanthropic division of the Denver-based mechanical contractor RK Mechanical, sponsored the first ten bins and has pledged to expand the program over the next four years.
Customs bins, designed and built in the RK Mechanical shop, have been placed at multiple Denver Public Schools (DPS) sites including Bill Roberts, DPS Headquarters, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Hamilton Middle School, Hill Middle School, Holm Elementary, McAuliffe International School, Steck Elementary School and Swigert International School. Volunteer “Bin Champions” from each site collect the clothing and shoes donated and deliver the items to CTKD.
“Clothes To Kids is an outstanding organization that provides a valuable service to the community,” said Anne Rowe, Denver School Board Member for District 1 in DPS. “This project will create wonderful service learning opportunities while helping to provide school clothing to our students who are most in need.”
This partnership is thanks to Hamilton Middle School student, Marko Babiak, who envisioned a program that would create an opportunity for DPS students to help other students in their community. Marko, while in the 5th grade at Steck Elementary, set up a bin at his school to collect school-appropriate, gently used clothing and shoes for CTKD. The on-going collection was very successful, leading Marko to work with CTKD to expand the program and approach the RK Foundation as a sponsor. This collaboration will help CTKD provide school clothing to thousands of students in need across the Denver Metro Area. For his work on the School Bin Collection Program, Marko was honored with the “Outstanding Youth” award at National Philanthropy Day Colorado in 2013.
It’s Undie 500 season here at CTKD! So far, seven Undie 500 drives have brought in more than 4,600 pairs of new underwear and socks, with many more teams still collecting.
What is the Undie 500?
The Undie 500 is a underwear collection drive that challenges participants to collect as much new, packaged underwear and socks as possible to support CTKD. The Undie 500 was started in 2012 by William Wallis, who collected nearly 1,200 new pairs of underwear and socks as part of his Eagle Project for Boy Scouts. The project was so successful, that CTKD decided to make it an annual event.
Read the entire story and the rest of the October 2013 Newsletter.
Clothes To Kids of Denver is proud to debut our brand new video, which features the stories of two families who relied on Clothes To Kids during difficult times…
Read the entire story and the rest of the June 2013 Newsletter.
Clothes to Kids of Denver is happy to report its most successful year-end fundraising ever. Thanks to donors like you, CTKD was able to raise nearly $22,000 on Colorado Gives Day. On top of that, we were one of four local charities to receive a $10,000 bonus grant from a special pool created by FirstBank Colorado.
And if that wasn’t great enough, so far this year, CTKD has received a $11,000 challenge grant from the Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation, a $8,500 grant from The Denver Foundation, a $5,000 grant from the Anschutz Family Foundation and a $4,053 supply grant from Kaiser Permanente.
Read the entire story and the rest of the April 2013 Newsletter.
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