Once again the community donations were AMAZING for this event! Over 680 huge bags filled with clothes were donated from familes all over the community, and almost 500 of them were filled and distributed at the event! That's a LOT of families that received lots of "new" items this past week. Shoes, coats, prom dresses, shirts, hats, pants, the list goes on and on. Over $6400 was brought in as the result of this event, but more importantly we are happy to know that so many folks who needed clothes for their kids were able to find some. And remember, all left over clothing goes to Cradles to Crayons - another great non-profit that helps families in the greater Philadelphia area! Nothing is wasted!
There are lots of folks, groups and businesses to thank - the list is below and still growing. Be sure to check out the pictures as well!
(T&E Care reserves the right to limit quantities based on availability of clothes.)
Thanks to all for supporting the Clothing Drive
As our list grows - the following groups or organizations have been huge in helping with our clothing drive:
The biggest thanks of all - to
St. Matthews United Methodist Church -
for 6 straight years, the most amazing host partner EVER!!!!
Easttown and Tredyffrin Libraries - for agreeing to host two of our public drop off sites
All the TESD schools - for being the main drop-off sites for all school families
Abby Schwartz Associates - for printing our flyers!
Paoli Hardware - for donating the large trash bags needed for clean-up
American Solutions for Business - for printing our street signs at a reduced price
Girl Scout Troop #41552 - for making posters to hang at VFES advertising the event
Bryce Mostoller, local student, did a clothing drive in her neighborhood to collect needed items
The CHS girls field hockey team sorted all the donations dropped off at the Tredyffrin Library - almost 100 large white trash bags full! These girls were VERY busy!
The CHS girls lacrosse team sorted all the donations dropped off at the Easttown Library - another 100 or so large white trash bags full! These girls were also VERY busy!
Berwyn United Methodist Church for loaning us a big room for sorting all the Easttown Library donations!
Evolve for loaning us space to sort all the Tredyffrin Library donations (and to Jean Allen for setting this all up)!
Declan Arnott for sharing his spring break time to help with the clothing drive! His muscles were much appreciated! AND he helped to coordinate collections at Woodlyne School. He deserveds a big pat on the back!
The local boys rugby teams were a wonderful help on Saturday for clean up. We were done in record time thanks to their amazing help! We had players from U13, U15 and CHS boys.
Wegmans (King of Prussia), Trader Joes (Gateway), and Jimmy Johns (King of Prussia) for donating food for the volunteers to enjoy during the long hours of sorting!
The Saturday Club and to TEMPO for loaning us their clothing racks again this year - they are VERY helpful to have!!!!
Wayne Sporting Goods (Wayne) - for donating some new clothing items for us to include.
Valley Forge Running Company (Berwyn) - for donating new shoes to us to include.
Marilyn Slotter, Kelly Campbell, Camille Bell, and Robin Sheard - amazing church members who served wonderful treats to the shoppers
Matthew Nirmaier and Sara Gieske - important assistants to Grace in the Teen Girls Pop-up Shop
The local private collection sites inclued: Wallace and Nilan Physical Therapy (Malvern), Wayne United Methodist Church (Lane Montessori), Trinity Preschool, The Malvern School, Berwyn United Methodist Church, Mom's Club, The Church of Latter-day Saints (Broomall), Tarleton, Johnson Matthey, Montessori's Children's House, and Charleston, Kelly & Associates.
Special thanks to EVERYONE who donated clothes, encouraged others to donate clothes, sorted clothes, or helped in any other way. We appreciate everyone who made this such a success!
A huge shout out to the school reps for coordinated the sorting for all the donations at the schools: Claudette McCarron (BES), Amanda Wollick (DES), Kirsten McFarland (HES), Sharon Hardy (NEES), Amanda Ivory (VFES), Bernie Logan and Lisa Buraks (VFMS), Melissa Acton, Jodi DePhillipo, Jennifer Faris (TEMS), and Tori Hall (CHS). They have been busy folks, to say the least!
AND last but NEVER least - thanks to the AMAZING committee that put this event together:
Lisa Davis - Chair extraordinaire!
Jeanette Alwine - set up coordinator
Amanda Ivory - collections coordinator
Carol Tompkins - volunteer coordinator
Stacey Stone and Karen Cruickshank - flyers and signs coordinators
If you donated clothes and would like a receipt, then just download this form!
All information below is "old news" - kept just for reference for future events.
T&E Care KIDS CLOTHING EVENT*
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
COLLECTIONS WILL RUN FROM
The 6th annual Kids Clothing Event (*previously called the Grab Bag) is coming soon. This is a VERY important event as we don't only collect clothes, but we then make the clothes available to everyone in the community! We don't sell the clothes, but instead we ask for donations. So anyone who has limited funds can have the clothes for free. Anyone who might be able to make a donation can offer what their budget can afford. We suggest $10/bag but any amount is accepted. So the more clothes we have available, the better!!! Donations of kids clothing will be collected from March 15-24 at various sites around the community. We will have collection bins at:
all 8 of the TESD schools
the Tredyffrin Public Library (582 Upper Gulph Rd., Wayne) and
the Easttown Public Library (720 First Ave, Berwyn).
Clothes can be dropped off at any of these sites ONLY during normal school/library hours, and ONLY from March 15-24. No drop offs before or after those dates, and no off-hour drop offs, please.
Are there any other places to donate the clothes? Some other locations around the community are running private collections for T&E Care. If you are affiliated with one of these locations then you can certainly take your clothes there. Otherwise please bring them to one of the 8 TESD schools or the 2 public libraries. Please note that the Paoli Library is NOT a collection location.
What types of clothes are needed? We are looking for donations of new or gently used clothing for infants through teens. Although spring & summer clothing is preferred, donations for all seasons, including shoes, boots, coats, sweaters, (or any heavy clothes), belts or other accessories will be accepted.
Are there any special criteria to consider? Clothing must meet all safety and fire retardant requirements.
Can we get a receipt for our donation of clothes? Yes, receipts can be downloaded from this website page. Just fill in the information yourself (similar to a Goodwill donation form.)
Are there any items we can't accept? We are not able to accept the following items:
old sneakers or worn shoes
bathing suits (unless clearly new, with tags)
underwear or socks (unless clearly new, with tags)
clothing with inappropriate graphics or logos
t-shirts with camp logos or youth sports logos.
Kids Clothing Event
Volunteers WILL BE Needed
The Clothing Event is the most volunteer-intensive event that T&E Care runs each year. We will need LOTS and LOTS of help to get the clothing collected (prior to March 15), sorted (March 15-27), set up for display (March 28-29), and at the event itself (March 31-April 1). We have set up a Sign-Up Genius page to coordinate the volunteers. Please check that over if you can lend us a few hours. If you have any questions, you can always contact us at email@example.com. Thanks for your interest and support!
T&E Care is an IRS recognized non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The official registration and financial information of Tredyffrin & Easttown Care may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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