Donate to Clothes to Kids Rhode Island
This Providence-based nonprofit allows school-aged children who are experiencing poverty to shop for clothes, free of charge.
For those living below the poverty line, finding comfortable, fashionable clothing that fits one’s style can be a challenge, especially for children. Enter Clothes to Kids RI. This Providence-based nonprofit fills the closets of kids in need free of charge.
“We envision a community in which every school-aged child has quality clothing so that they may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success,” says CEO and co-founder Eva-Marie Mancuso in an email.
In its five years of operation, Clothes to Kids RI has donated well over 8,000 full wardrobes to school-aged children in the Providence area. The shop, where all clothes are free, is available to families with K-12 and GED students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and are enrolled in the Providence County Public Schools system. Families can shop twice a year and each eligible child can pick out a week’s worth of clothing for themselves.
“We are proud of our ability to reach so many school children but realize that the need is growing and this is just the surface,” says Mancuso, who previously served as chair of the Rhode Island Board of Education for five years. Clothes to Kids RI gladly accepts donations of gently used clothing, coats and shoes as well as new undergarments year-round. The donation center, which is located at 77 Reservoir Ave. #5 in Providence, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 2:30-6 p.m. For more information, visit clothestokidsri.org.