TEEN CLOSET PROGRAM
KIDS’ CLOSET PROGRAM
About Kids’ Closet
As the primary program of SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO), Kids’ Closet provides new wardrobes for children (Head Start through Eighth grade) in the fall and again in the spring.
In 2019 Kids’ Closet provided clothing, shoes, backpacks, toiletries and books to 2,982 children from Catalina in Pima County through the Pinal County “Copper Corridor”, up to Superior, across to Miami and down to the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Gila County.
Kids’ Closet is open from September to the middle of December for winter clothes and again from the end of January through April for spring clothes. In 2019 Kids’ Closet transitioned to a bar code system for tracking clothing from the time it is received until it is distributed. Computerization has simplified purchasing and inventory management while improving team communication.
These students come from 9 school districts located from Catalina to 100 miles north to San Carlos and Miami. Most schools bus the students on Mondays and Thursdays, while other students come with their parents. We are open on some Saturdays to better accommodate parents’ schedules. Each school determines whether the child qualifies (usually eligibility is determined by Free and Reduced Lunch Program standards).
History of Kids’ Closet
On October 2, 1997 Kids’ Closet was born. That first year 358 children were clothed. Kids’ Closet has gone through quite a few changes over the years to where we are today. We now provide approximately 3,000 wardrobes to qualified children each year. The history of SBCO, how it started and how we got here, is interesting and worth reading. Click here for the story.
Our Kids’ Closet Building
In the summer of 2012 Kids’ Closet moved back to Mammoth to its new 12,000 sq. ft. building! This has been designed and set up to best serve the kids. Mammoth was chosen as the location as it is much closer for several school districts in the Northern part of our service area, and no further for the Southern school districts or the volunteers.
We now have one large dressing area where the children shop and try on the clothes in 14 dressing rooms. There are 2 waiting rooms with the restrooms located nearby and a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse to accommodate all the merchandise. The town of Mammoth has leased the land to SBCO at $1.00 a year for 30 years which is a real plus for SBCO and for the town. It is a win-win for everyone!
Wish to Volunteer?
When you help these students choose their new clothing (which in many cases are their first new clothes) you will have a feeling of pride in giving back to the community for all the blessings we have here in SaddleBrooke.
We need 25 to 30 volunteers to assist the kids with their shopping experience each day we are open. Our volunteers meet in the morning and carpool or ride-share up to Mammoth. Please consider being a part of this fun day with your friendly neighbors.
Aside from working directly with the kids we also have a variety of other volunteer positions available. Just ask us for more information. Call Jan Olsson (825-7283) or Melanie Stout (825-1665) to volunteer or to get more information. They will be happy to assist you.
From our Recipients
“Special thanks to ALL contribute in making our children smile.” Delores
“Thank you 4 the clothes and all the help and time you did to make my life better.” Tony