October 6, 2017

Help for Kids Who Need Clothing

In a huge room at the Fairmount Community Center is Tabitha's Closet, a non-profit organization that provides clothing for school children all over the Independence area. Last year Tabitha's Closet served over 2,500 students in the Independence area providing shoes, coats, and clothing of all kinds for kids of all ages, from newborn through high school. One in eight kids in the Independence and Fort Osage school districts asked for and received help from Tabitha’s Closet last year, and the need seems to be holding steady as the new school year begins.

   Families who need help with clothing can receive it by contacting their school’s liaison who will make an appointment for the family to come and receive clothes. "Each child gets a new pair of shoes, new socks, new underwear, and gently used clothes -- six shirts, 3 pants, a jacket, and a winter coat," according to Betsy Waldeman, Executive Director of the NorthWest Communities Development Center, the organization that runs the Fairmount Community Center and houses Tabitha’s Closet.

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