From Staff Reports

Financial donations to Clothe a Child are currently running at a pace that will likely see the

organization meet its goal of providing a $100 clothing stipend to each of the 3,000 Kindergarteners through eighth

graders enrolled in the program, according to John Taylor, Area Director of the volunteer group.

"We’re exceedingly grateful for the generosity of our primary sponsors, the people who attend the various

churches in the area, who support us with their financial contributions. We’re also indebted to the businesses, civic,

social and fraternal organizations who also step up to assist. And, of course, to the numerous individuals who give from

their hearts to this worthy cause," he said.

Donations at this point are at about 75 percent of goal, with one more week of fundraising left. Fully 100

percent of the donations are devoted to the clothing gift cards.

Clothe a Child is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to provide eligible children in the Frisco,

Little Elm, Prosper and Celina ISDs with an opportunity to purchase $100 worth of new school and winter clothing. The

shopping occurs over three Saturdays in October at the KOHL’s of Frisco department store. The management of the

store, as well as many of the store’s employees, are active participants in the program either through discounts or their

personal assistance. Participating students are identified through the free or reduced lunch programs at the schools.

"While we are in good financial shape, we are still looking for an adequate number of volunteers. Our goal is to

attract and train 2,000 volunteers, and we are seriously behind in that respect," said Taylor. The volunteers, all at least

16 years of age, assist the families of the participating students by accompanying them on the day of their purchases and

provide advice on appropriate purchases.

Volunteers undergo a one-hour training session and commit to being at the Frisco store on their appointed

Saturday before 6 a.m. and remain for about two hours. "We can’t do this without the volunteers," said Taylor.

Volunteer orientation sessions occur on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of

Frisco, 7901 Main St. Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, training will be conducted from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First United

Methodist Church in Frisco, 7659 Preston Road and on Thursday, Oct. 3, volunteers can receive training from 7 p.m. to 8

p.m. at the Lighthouse Church at Prosper Trail and Custer in Prosper. On Sunday, Oct. 6, training will be conducted from

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lifeway Church, 701 E. Pecan St. in Celina, and finally, a training session is set for Sunday, Oct. 20

at The Crossing Church, 8989 FM 423 in Little Elm.

This year, students and their families from the Frisco ISD will visit KOHL’s of Frisco on Saturday, Oct. 5. Then, on

Saturday, Oct. 12, additional students from Frisco and those from the Prosper and Celina ISDs will get an opportunity to

shop. And, finally, on Saturday, Oct. 26, students and families from the Little Elm ISD will be hosted at the store.

"We’re confident that each volunteer will be rewarded in ways they would not have imagined. Donating time to

this program can be transformative. I know several people whose lives have been literally changed by the experience,"

he said.

To volunteer visit www.clotheachildfrisco.com.