Northwest NEWS

August 9, 1999

Valley Special

Clothing Resource Center gives low-income children confidence

   The Clothing Resource Center is a non-profit organization based at Grace Episcopal Church in Duvall.

   The CRC is organized by church pastor Whitney DeVine and Delayne Cox and run by volunteers. The CRC offers new clothing to low-income children at the beginning of the school year.

   The Clothing Resource Center believes that children who receive new clothes at the beginning of the school year return to their classroom with pride, high self-esteem, and benefits his or her success in their education and social interaction. Because CRC has no overhead expenses, they are able to donate all funding received back to the children in need.

   In 1996, the CRC was able to provide new socks and underclothing, as well as new shoes to 25 low-income children. The following year, that number jumped to 42 children, and last year, 62 children entered their first day of school as equals because of the efforts of the CRC.

   The 1999-2000 school year holds high hopes. However, the gem who started this program and has administered it for the last four years moved away, leaving a void in CRC's plans to help even more children in need this year. Because of this, CRC would greatly appreciate support to continue to provide quality of life to Snoqualmie Valley children so they can have new shoes and clothes.

   CRC would like to help every low-income child this year, without having to turn any child away due to lack of funding. The school year is due to begin in about three weeks. Funding ensures that all children have the chance to go back to school with confidence, equality to their peers, and a smile a mile wide to show their pride.

   In addition to financial support, there will be a drop box at Holy Innocents Church in Duvall for slightly worn, quality used clothing. Donations of hand-me-downs will be accepted through the month of August.

   Upon receipt of donations, CRC will send back a tax deduction form. Checks can be made out to: Grace Episcopal Church (designated for CRC); P.O. Box 1239; Duvall, WA 98019.