Clothing is a basic essential, something we put on every 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 is one cause. When children miss school, this impacts their academic success and increases the likelihood they may later drop out which has lifelong economic, social and emotional consequences.
To combat clothing insecurity, The Sharing Shelf collects clothing in all sizes, from newborn through adult XXL. Volunteers sort and size donations our Port Chester warehouse, ensuring that the children we serve receive clean, quality, and size and season appropriate clothing. Those working with economically vulnerable children and families place requests on behalf of their students and clients. Volunteers then prepare a week’s worth of clothing for each child or teen.
We strive to include essentials such as new socks and new underwear for each child. In winter, we add new hats and new gloves. We rely on you – donors in the local community – to organize collections and donate these basics.