RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News is taking the lead to help kids in the Commonwealth who are looking to be adopted find a loving home. So is one local organization that supplies clothing to kids who are entering foster care and often have nothing.
“We saw that a lot of the foster kids needed clothing,” Caring Clothes Closet founder, Sara Fenderm explained. “So, we started collecting clothing and giving it to kids in need out of my garage.”
And that’s how the Caring Clothes Closet was created two years ago. It was the brainchild of Sara Fender, who was serving with United Methodist family services. It’s free, it has grown, and no one is turned away.
Most often, agencies contact Caring Clothes closet when it is desperately needed.
“Sometimes the kids have bedbugs. Sometimes they come out of their biological home without any shoes,” Fender said. “A lot of times they don’t have pajamas. They are literally coming out with hardly anything.”
Sometimes the kids come to the closet and “shop.” Other times, Fender and her staff get to work pulling clothing for the children and bagging it up.
They also toss in donated toiletries and some comfort items. She says the foster kids are going through a lot inside, so the least she can do is make them feel good outside.
“We’ve got purses, jewelry… they leave feeling really, really good about themselves.”
Want to help? Here is the wish list:
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Brushes and combs
- Small pads of paper
- Colored pencils, pens or markers
- Decks of cards
- Yo-yos and small balls
- Stress balls
- New underwear, socks and pj’s