December 2016 – Mountaire Delmarva Award
A huge Thank You to Mountaire! Clothing Our Kids was selected for the Mountaire Better Delmarva Award! The ceremony was conducted on December 14. Please view the videos below which will be shared on live TV WMDT.
December 2016 – Clothing Our Kids
Del-One FCU and the Del-One Foundation are focused on giving back to the community. The Del-One Foundation raises funds throughout the year for charitable purposes to benefit the residents of Delaware. Yesterday, 11/29 “Giving Tuesday” kicked off our Holiday Spirit Give Back campaign! The Foundation donated an additional $7000 to Clothing Our Kids, a local organization whose mission is to “improve the lives of at-risk elementary school children by providing them with essential school clothing”. The Del-One Foundation also sponsored and participated in the Clothing Our Kids annual golf tournament in October, and members and staff of Del-One collected and donated over 15 bags of clothing to this amazing organization. #GiveBack #GivingTuesday #DelOneWay Pictured L-R: Del-One Foundation Board Director Heather Gunter, Del-One Foundation Board President Amy Resh, Clothing Our Kids Rep. Kate Gibson, and Del-One FCU President/ CEO Dion Williams
November 2016 – Clothing Our Kids Seeks Donations – Cape Gazette Article:
October 2016 – Clothing Our Kids Third Annual Golf Fundraiser Event
WRDE News Coverage
Interview with Mary Rio: Delmarva Treasure – Clothing our Kids – February 9, 2016
Cape Region Golfers Step Up for Charity Event October 23rd, 2015
‘Clothing Our Kids benefits from donation of 200 coats’ – January 28th, 2015 (Download PDF)
‘Long Neck woman is Clothing Our Kids’ – May 9th, 2013 (Download PDF)
‘Fundraising to clothe our kids’ – December 3rd, 2013 (Download PDF)
‘A Perfect Fit’ – September 2013 Issue (Download PDF)
‘Nonprofit helps clothe needy kids in Sussex’ – February 5, 2015
Mary Rio, co-founder and president of the Clothing Our Kids nonprofit, is aware that a child’s clothing can affect his/her self-perception and confidence level. With new clothes being a low priority for struggling families, Rio and her husband have set out to provide sets of clothes, shoes and underwear to elementary school-aged children in need. We talk to her about the nonprofit’s continuing mission.
What does your job entail?
As founder, I am in charge of implementing our mission of supplying school clothing to elementary students in need in Sussex County. We collect clothes, take requests for clothes from the schools, and sort them for donation. We collect the requests from districts’ counselors and social workers and give them the clothes to distribute.
Where do you think Clothing Our Kids is headed or needs to go?
We are going to stay focused on Sussex County-based schools and make sure that each elementary school child has clothing available to them. Our goal is to educate the community and the schools, so every “at risk” child can attend school, giving them the ability to learn and self-esteem to give them a successful education.
How can your organization get it there?
Our organization has grown so fast because of the economic needs. The clothing inventory has been moved from my house to a very large garage located in Millsboro, donated by J & Y Parker Family Limited Partnership. As we grow, so does our numbers of volunteers. We now have close to 200 wonderful and generous volunteers. Without their continuous support, Clothing Our Kids would not be able to survive. In order to keep up with the demand, we need monetary and gently worn children’s clothing donations from size 4T to 18/20 youth. Monetary donations are also very important: without them, we don’t exist.
Since this school year began, we have had over 6,000 pieces of clothing donated which will go to about 600 kids. Last year, we had a higher amount and we expect by year’s end to clothe about 1,000 kids.