This has been a very busy year for our all-volunteer organization! With help from our volunteers and the community we continue to grow and support our kids in need.
Since the first day of school we have delivered 443 clothing bank orders, 1,123 school supply bank orders and 260 emergency food orders. We have supplied the Early Learning Program with almost 500 toothbrush kits.
Our Holiday Fair, plus last minutes emergencies, helped 664 families in need. In Clover Park School District alone 74% of the kids are on free and reduced lunch.
Springbrook has been a targeted area for us. We work with Springbrook Connect to support them and their community events. At the Food Connection food truck on theSaturday before Christmas, we provided chili and gifts for everyone. Food truck support goes on year round.
Caring for Kids works directly with the schools in Clover Park, Steilacoom and University Place School Districts, but most of the work is in Clover Park. On a daily basis we provide basic needs which are delivered directly to the schools.
Caring for Kids supports the Lakewood WIC, Greater Lakes Mental Health, LASA, Fish Food Banks, Tillicum Community Center, Springbrook Connect, Communities and Schools after school programs, the Methodist Church Friday dinners with everything from clothes to school supplies, hygiene products, emergency food, new books and color books and crayons.
We are gearing up for our major fundraiser the“Happy Hearts” Dinner Auction on February 6, 2016 at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center. We are looking for Live Auction Donations. Please come and bring your friends and family!
We need your help!
Following is a list of tasks and the starting time that we need volunteers to help us with:
Friday, December 11:
Setup Team – Arrive at Hudtloff Middle School at 1:30 p.m. Hudtloff is located at 8102 Phillips Road SW, Lakewood, WA, 98498. Help is needed to set up the tables.
Loading Team– Arrive at Spare Space Storage at 2:00 p.m. We need trucks, large vehicles, and people to load. The trucks will take the Holiday Fair items to Hudtloff.Spare Space is located at 3030 – 68th Avenue West. Entrance is on 69th Ave. West on 27th Ave West across from the post office. Go straight, through the gate and we are the second right turn #C18. For more detailed directions email@example.com.
Display Team – Arrive at Hudtloff Middle School at 3:00 p.m. Help is needed to place the items on the tables in a neat and orderly manner to make it easy for the shoppers when they arrive on Saturday. This includes separating items by gender and size.
Saturday, December 12:
- Shoppers – Arrive at Hudtloff Middle School at 7:30 a.m. You will receive a list with the children’s name, gender, age, and sizes on it to use to select items for their Christmas. You will also receive a sheet with instructions on how many and what types of items to select for each child. You will place these items in a plastic bag and carry it to the checkers.
- Sorters/Runners – Arrive at Hudtloff Middle School at 7:30 a.m. Help is needed to take the bags full of toys and clothes to the hallways for pickup by the families, and to retrieve them when the families arrive at 11:00 a.m.
- Loading Team – Arrive at Hudtloff Middle School at 1:00 p.m. We need trucks, large vehicles, and people to load the leftover items and take them to the Caring for Kids Center or Spare Space Storage and unload.
Stuff the Bus for Kids!
Caring for Kids is holding its annual “Stuff the Bus” event at Clover Park High School and along Gravelly Lake Drive on Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P. M. We will be collecting new toys and cash donations for the Caring for Kids Holiday Fair in December. Rain or shine we will be out with volunteers from all the middle schools and high schools.
Caring for Kids helps over 2,000 kids in need in our community with clothing, gifts and food at the Fair. Even though the Holiday Fair is the focus, you can also drop off color books and crayons for the food bank distribution in December. Our goal is to collect 3,000 color books to be distributed at our local food bank, so all of our kids in need receive something for the holidays. This will be the fifth year of the color book distribution. Questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane at 253-279-9777.
Caring for Kids is an all-volunteer organization, so please help us help kids!
Kids get a good start with school from the Ready to Learn Fair which provides them with good used clothing, school supplies, hair cuts, immunizations, eye screening, hygiene products, books to read, food and a host of other small services.
It’s August 8, 2015 from 9am to 1pm at Lochburn Middle School.
For more info look for the Ready to Learn Fair link under Events, or just click here.
Story at NEAtoday by Angela Harvey
During her years as a school bus driver, it upset Diane Formoso to see some children without coats or proper shoes shivering in the chilly morning air as they waited for her bus. She reached out to several of these students, buying them jackets, shoes, or Christmas presents. Her actions quickly grew into a clothing bank that Formoso opened at an elementary school.