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Clothes to Kids, Inc.: How Your Family Can Help Local School Students

Clothes to Kids, Inc. started with one purple coat.

Jode Frisbie Eye and Marie Bouchard McClung, created the non-profit organization out of a passion for helping children in need.

Their idea was to provide a cheerful store environment where families and children could shop with dignity and respect and receive school clothing free of charge.

More than 175,000 kids in the Tampa Bay area are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. These are the students who shop with us.

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Research shows that children who go to school wearing clothes that make them feel like they fit in perform better academically than those who do not. We want all of our kids to go to school feeling good about themselves, ready to learn!

Clothes To Kids, Inc. operates in the Tampa Bay area serving both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties with stores located in Clearwater (2003), St. Pete (2009) and Tampa (2018).

To date, we have distributed more than 142,000 wardrobes to kids in our communities, all free of charge, but we cannot do it without your help! Clothes To Kids needs Y-O-U!

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Clothes To Kids needs your clothes, time, enthusiasm and expertise to clothe kids in our community. Donations can be dropped off at any of our store locations (Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa) from 9 to 4pm each week day, or in a clothing bin at each store for use after hours.

For more information on how you can support or shop at Clothes To Kids, visit clothestokids.org.

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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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