Local clothing association set to serve 10,000th child in eighth grade

“There was an old clothing bank but it closed,” said Kim Kerschen of Locker 505, “and we decided we still needed something for the kids.”

To meet this need, Locker 505 was born as a revamped version of banking and included curbside services. The association provides children of all ages with a week’s worth of clothing, including socks, underwear and shoes, based on a list provided by families.

“We get information from the family – sizes, preferences, short sleeves, long sleeves, pink, unicorns, Spiderman – and we prepare the bags for the students so they can park and take the clothes to the curb.” Kerschen describes.

As the school returns to in-person learning, the nonprofit is adopting a hybrid model and demand has increased.

Before the pandemic, the association served 1,000 to 1,200 children. Last year they served 1,600 children and this year they are likely to break the record.

“We wouldn’t be here without them,” Kerschen said. “It’s the community that allows us to exist.

The association also has an average of 100 children per week and needs help to prepare to reach its 10,000th child.

“That’s 500-700 shirts going out, so we have to have the same amount – or almost the same amount coming in – or in about 2-3 months we would be empty,” Kerschen said.

Thus, financial donations help keep a roof over their heads.

“I don’t get a paycheck, and we survive a lot thanks to the volunteers,” Kerschen urged, “so if we could have more volunteers that would be great too.”

If you would like to help donate, you can go to www.locker505.org.

Gladys T. Hensley

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