Clothe a Child, a local program that aims to provide economically disadvantaged children with new clothes, is hosting its annual event that takes place over three Saturdays at Kohl’s in Frisco. The event began on Oct. 15, for Frisco Independent School District children. The event on Oct. 22, will serve the children of Frisco, Prosper and Celina ISDs, and the event on Oct. 29, will serve the children of Little Elm ISD.
Patty Felan, Prosper and Celina program director, attended the Oct. 11, Prosper Town Council meeting to ask council members to volunteer for the event. The event is short about 200 volunteers each weekend, Felan said.
“In order to get those families through the store, we need about 700 volunteers,” Felan said.
The program serves approximately 1,100 children the first weekend, 800 the second and 1,000 the third. The event begins at 6 a.m. each weekend and volunteers are asked to get to the store at 5:45 a.m. The event is usually finished by 10 a.m., Felan said.
“The families already know what they want so (the volunteers) just have to carry the bags,” Felan said.
Janice Robinson, 2015 Clothe a Child volunteer, said Clothe a Child is a rewarding event for all who participate.
“It’s a wonderful experience for the volunteers because they get to interact with the families and see the smiles on those children’s faces when they pick out something that’s really important to them,” Robinson said in a video on the Clothe a Child website.
School counselors identify the children in need through family interaction and the Free & Reduced Lunch school program. The families then complete an application to verify their qualification for the program. Each year, the program hosts the Clothe a Child event which provides each child with $100 of new clothing from Kohl’s.
“We’d love to have everyone come,” Felan said. “It’s really fun and it would really touch your heart to help the kids.”
Volunteers can sign up for the event on the Clothe a Child website or show up to Kohl’s on the mornings of the event. Volunteers must be 16 years old or older and must be accompanied by a parent until 18 years of age. Donations to the program can be made on the website with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to clothing needy children.