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Kids Closet provides clothing for needy children

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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009 3:42 pm

Carolina Kids held an open house for its Kids Closet on Tuesday afternoon. The Kids Closet is located on the campus of Thornwell School for the Arts behind the two-story building.

“We had a wonderful turn out and are so excited about this new program for the needy children in the area,” said Andrea Pulling. “My husband and I are board members for Carolina Kids, and we are so honored to be a part of such an important organization in our community.”

The official opening for the shop is Tuesday, March 3. They will be open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will be staffed completely by volunteers.

“We are looking for more volunteers,” Pulling said. “Those interested in volunteering can contact Daphne (Areephanthu) or me.”

Daphne and her husband, Dr. Abraham Areephanthu, are founders of Carolina Kids. They were immediately confronted with the needs of children in Darlington County when they moved here. Areephanthu said children were coming in to see her husband that didn’t have clothes to wear or whose parents couldn’t afford to purchase the necessary school supplies for the children to start the school year.

Carolina Kids LLC was formed in 2006 as a response to this need. A 16-member volunteer board of directors governs the not-for-profit organization with a mission to enhance the lives of children by “investing in social change and breaking down barriers.”

The community clothing closet is just one of several projects funded by the organization.

The Kids Closet provides free to school-aged children gently used clothing. The clothes will be distributed via a voucher system.

Items are collected, washed, ironed and display and are delivered to children at all Darlington County Schools.

There is a prom closet for boys and girls outfitted with gowns, suits and accessories, everything needed to attend the dance.

Clothes, shoes and coats are now being accepted.

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