San Carlos Indian Reservation is Helped by
Kids’ Closet, a program of Community Outreach, provides clothing for children in eight school districts. One of those districts is the San Carlos Apache Indian reservation, 100 miles from SaddleBrooke. The public school system on the reservation has been bringing its students to Kids’ Closet since 2003. Twice a year, the students ride the bus for one and half hours to get to Kids’ Closet for their fall and spring outfits. This school year alone, Kids’ Closet has clothed 213 Headstart children, 123 Rice Primary School students, 35 San Carlos, Jr. High students, 28 San Carlos special needs children, and 20 St. Charles High School students, all from the San Carlos school district. The intermediate school plans to transport 100 students in November to be outfitted.
This is only 25 percent of the students who are clothed yearly by Kids’ Closet. The winter wardrobe consists of a jacket, three pairs of long pants, three long sleeved shirts, a pair of shoes, six pairs of socks, six pairs of underwear, two books, one toothbrush and toothpaste, a knitted hat as well as dresses, belts and caps. The spring wardrobe consists of three pairs of shorts, three short-sleeved tops, a pair of shoes, six pairs of socks, six pairs of underwear, two books, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
A donation of $65 (tax-deductible) will purchase one complete wardrobe for one child; a donation of $130 will clothe one child for the entire year. Sometimes this is the first wardrobe a child will have that is not secondhand. The volunteers working with the students are cheered by how appreciative the children are when choosing their new outfits. Donation forms are available at our office at Suite L in the SaddleBrooke Plaza on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at our website: www.communityoutreach.org. Also, if you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions, please call Pat Ford (818-9434) or Marie Tayburn (850-5253).