Clothing is a basic essential, something we put on each day. Yet, many Westchester children are clothing insecure – they lack sufficient or appropriate clean clothing. Nearly 14% of Westchester children are chronically absent from school and clothing insecurity is a contributing cause. Repeated absences negatively impact a child's academic progress which, in turn, increases the likelihood they may later drop out of school and suffer lifelong economic, social and emotional consequences. Sadly, clothing insecurity is more profound in communities of color.
To combat clothing insecurity, The Sharing Shelf provides infants, children and teens living in poverty with a week's worth of seasonally appropriate clothing plus other daily essentials - new socks, new underwear and hygiene items. In winter, we add a coat, a new hat and new gloves.
To accomplish our mission, we collect new and excellent condition used clothing in all sizes, from newborn through adult XXL. Volunteers sort and size your donations, ensuring that the children receive clean, quality, and size appropriate items. We partner with area schools and nonprofits who work with economically vulnerable children and families and they place requests on behalf of their students or clients.
Your donations and your volunteerism are the key to our success.
Thank you to our in-kind supporters!