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Soroptimists donate to local non-profits

 

Christopher Andersson

Vice-president of Arlington Kids' Kloset Penny Peeters, center left, and board member of Kloz 4 Kidz Ardyce Johnson, center right, hold up their checks from Marysville Soroptimists and are joined by Soroptimist member Janet Keefe, left, and co-president Teresa Trivett.

Two local non-profits that provide clothes to children in need received checks from the Marysville Soroptimists on Feb. 12.

Marysville's Kloz 4 Kidz received $1,500 and the Arlington Kids' Kloset received $750 from the local Soroptimist club.

Both groups provide new shoes, socks, underwear, sweatshirts, jeans and many other clothing options to students in need in their local school districts.

"There is a tremendous need for these clothes. Every year it increases more and more. We have entire families that come in and they've been coming for years," said vice-president of Arlington Kids' Kloset Penny Peeters.

"It's very gratifying to have the children come in and it's so important that they have good comfortable clothes," said Ardyce Johnson, a board member at Marysville Kloz 4 Kidz.

The clothes are important to kids not just because they need something to keep warm though, said Johnson.

"It makes them fit better within their schools," said Peeters. "Instead of clothes that aren't in style they can come in and get new clothes and gently used clothes. Free underwear, new shoes, coats, scarves, hats," she said.

Donations like the Soroptimist's checks help the organizations keep up their stock of items that they are always low on, said Johnson.

Particularly things like shoes, socks and underwear which all wear out easily so they don't get many that are donated, she said.

"Little boys always wear out their pants so I'm sure this will go to help toward that as well," said Peeters.

Marysville's Kloz 4 Kidz has been active for six years. They are run completely by volunteers.

They provide free clothes by appointment only to kids in north Snohomish County. Any kid that is pre-school through high school qualifies.

Arlington Kids' Kloset has been active for 10 years. They are also completely volunteer run.

Children that receive free or reduced-price lunch in the Arlington, Lakewood or Darrington districts qualify for free clothes.

They give out clothes by appointment only as well.

More information about donating, volunteering or receiving clothes from Arlington Kids' Kloset is available at arlingtonkidskloset.com. More information about Kloz 4 Kidz is available at http://kloz4kidz.org.

 

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