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2018 News Articles and Video Clips

October 2018:

Beachcomber Corvette Car Show– Many thanks to this wonderful club which donated $2,105.00 on Oct 4th to COK!  They Rock!

September 2018:

John Smith, COK President – Cape Gazette Letter to Editor

August 2018:

Delaware Living – Two Delaware Electric Co-op Members Honored Nationally

John Smith, COK President – Year End Wrap Up

June 2018:

Thank you to our Friends at Beebe Hospital!  WE are all part of one community and COK is so grateful that you were able to collect enough brand new articles of clothes for us to aid over 200 kids in NEED right here in Sussex County!  We so appreciate the program you’ve put in place to help us gather clothes this summer in preparation for the upcoming school year!

From all of us at COK, a big round of THANKS!”  Thank you Laurie Dickerson, Lynne Brumbaugh, Quanda Curtis-Bozman (Pictured below).

May 2018:

Thank you to the Carl M Freeman Foundation for hosting and honoring Clothing Our Kids at the annual May reception with a $5,000 grant award.  We are delighted and honored to have been selected as a 2018 Carl M Freeman Foundation FACES grant recipient.  This grant award will purchase clothing for children as they begin the 2018/2019 school year!

The Nanticoke Rotary awarded a $1,500 Grant from their annual Grant Fund to Clothing Our Kids!  Thank you to this Seaford Delaware Organization for your support.  We are honored to have been one of 5 organizations to have been selected.  This Grant will allow us to purchase more clothing for the Kids of Sussex County.

March 2018:

Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary donated $2,000 to Clothing Our Kids!   Thank you to George Jarvis for nominating COK to the Rotary, this donation will allow us to purchase more clothing for the Kids of Sussex County!     Cape Gazette – Lewes Rehoboth Rotary Donation

Nanticoke Health Fair was conducted on March 17, 2018.   Kim, Kathleen, Monica, Maria and Glenn hosted a COK booth, creating more Sussex County awareness about the Clothing Our Kids mission.

Dogfish Head Brewery Staff collects tips each month to donate to a charity. In January, COK was pleasantly surprised with a check for $2735.67 from this incredible Staff at one of Sussex County’s most successful businesses. Matt Feterson, Off-centered Tour and Tasting Room Manager, is the lead on the program. COK volunteers visited the Brewery in Milton to thank the Dogfish Head Staff during their monthly meeting on Friday March 16. Thank you Dogfish Head Staff for your kindness and generosity to the KIDS of Sussex County.

February 2018:

Community Bank of Delaware Donates $1,000 to Local Organization “Clothing Our Kids”.  In an effort to support the children of Sussex County, Community Bank Delaware donated $1,000 to “Clothing Our Kids”. Jack Riddle, President of Community Bank Delaware noted, “This grassroots organization is really making a difference for children in our community, we are happy to help out.”  Pictured below are (L-R) – AVP Lori Ruberti, CFO Angie Warrell, President Jack Riddle, AVP Brandon Perdue, Clothing our Kids Outreach director Glenn Schuster, AVP Dawn Burbage and VP Shannon McGinn.

Glenn Schuster, our Community Outreach Director, promoted clothing Our Kids on the Weller Does Delmarva Show on Feb. 10th. – Weller Does Delmarva

January 2018:

Delaware Electric Cooperative  –   Who Powers You!   Mary Rio, COK Founder

The Delaware Way –  Jack Blannett, COK Board Member Interview

2017 News Articles and Video Clips

December 2017:

John Smith, COK President  – Cape Gazette Letter to Editor 

October 2017:

2017 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer  Award 

Read the entire story here Governor Announces Social Justice/Advocacy Awards

Clothing Our Kids, Social Justice/Advocacy
Clothing Our Kids (COK) is a nonprofit organization of approximately 150 volunteers whose
mission is to improve the lives of at-risk elementary school children by providing them with
school clothing. In Sussex County, 22 percent of children live below the poverty level and do not
have school clothing. Lack of appropriate school attire has a negative impact on children’s self esteem,
school attendance, ability to learn, and can lead to bullying. Clothing Our Kids’ goal is
to assist youngsters with an equal start in their early education and help them become successful
students. Working exclusively through nurses, counselors, and assistant principals, volunteers
with Clothing Our Kids respond to requests, usually within 24 hours. Volunteers pack up the
items and deliver them to the school, where the children are presented with the package in
private, so they are never embarrassed in front of their peers. In the 2016-17 school year,
Clothing Our Kids provided more than 20,000 items to 3,852 children.

August 2017:

Delaware Electric Cooperative – Delaware Living – Clothing Our Kids

July 2017:

Clothing Our Children In Sussex County | WBOC

Local Volunteer Organization Making a Change | WBOC   

Clothing Our Kids Seeks Continued Support  | Cape Gazette

2016 News Articles and Video Clips

December 2016:

Thank you to all of our 2016 volunteers for their dedication in serving the children of Sussex County.


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.

November 2016:

Many thanks to Del-One FCU and the Del-One Foundation which 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 below (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.


October 2016:

Third Annual “Clothing Our Kids Golf Tournament” | WRDE

The Ribbon Cutting at the New Volunteer Center was held on October 25, 2016. We are very grateful to the business community for joining us for this occasion. Thank you to John Yeatman, Jr for taking the picture of our Ribbon Cutting!


Dine and Donate:  Thank you Arena’s for donating 10% of the diner’s meal on October 18th! and… Thank you to the over 50 supporters who dined at Arena’s helping to make this event a success!


August 2016:

Summer 2016 Press Release

Stephen and Company sponsored a Cut-A-Thon for 25 children. Thank you to all their clients who donated over $3,000.00 to Clothing our Kids!

Cut-A-Thon August 2016

Kiwanas Club, Bridgeville, DE —- The Bridgeville Kiwanis International Club extended a gracious invitation and allowed one of our volunteers, Glenn Schuster, to present Clothing Our Kids Mission to their organization. Thank you Glenn!

Kiwanis Club Bridgeville DE

Volunteer Committee Meeting Sporting the Clothing Our Kids Volunteer Attire!!!

2016 August Meeting 2 COK August 2016 Meeting

June 2016:

Christmas in June?! The Girls Club of Sussex County say thanks!!!

Girls Club of Sussex Girls Club of Sussex2


Many thanks to Haddad for their GENEROUS donation of over 5,000 boys and girls shorts and tops! We had some very happy volunteers on deck to unload the 775 boxes for the kids of Sussex County. It was a very exciting day and we are most grateful!

June Delivery Haddad

March 2016:

Wow!  Thank you to 190 women, including 60 Clothing Our Kids volunteers, for attending the Lunch with a Purpose at Atlantic Sands in Rehoboth Beach.  The Clothing our Kids organization received $4,275.   Thanks to the generosity of the attendees over 5,000 items were collected for “Little Graces Kids’!   Thank you to everyone who donated their time, auction items, and dollars.

Hawkseye Run/Walk:  On March 20th, the Hawkseye neighborhood sponsored a Run/Walk event to support Clothing Our Kids.   Thank you all for attending this event!  We collected $2,645.   A huge thank you to the Hawkseye Community kids for collecting 60 bags of clothing!

Hawkseye Run Walk March 2016

 COK - Hawkseye 1 COK - Hawkseye 2

February 2016:

COK’s friend Barbara Curran is doing it again! This time it’s a Silpada Fundraiser.  During the week of Feb 10-17, Barbara is donating 20% of all online sales to COK.  We appreciate her ongoing support and efforts!  Also, Barbara will be giving away a door prize.  After your order is placed online, you will have a chance to win these beautiful earrings valued at $89!  Shop at the new Spring Collection using the special fundraiser link:


Delmarva Treasure – Clothing our Kids:  Interview with Mary Rio on Delmarva Life | WBOC

January 2016:

Thank you Haddad Brands for your generous donation of 400 Levi Jeans and Fleece-wear for Clothing Our Kids!


Thank You Jeff!

2015 News Articles and Video Clips

Clothing Our Kids is extremely thankful for the many events and donations to support Clothing our Kids during 2015.

December 2015:

Many Thanks to Punkin Chunkin for their $500 donation to Clothing Our Kids!

Dine & Donate at Hobos!  Bring a donation for Clothing Our Kids and receive a complimentary Amuse-bouche

November 2015:

Sample Sale!  Join us from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for WINE, CHEESE, DOOR PRIZES & 50-80% off of NEW Housewares, Toys, Beauty Products, Accessories, Tech Gadgets & more! *10% of ALL sales will be donated to Clothing Our Kids. Cash & Carry (checks will be accepted)

Location: Barbara Curran’s Home (24562 Atlantic Drive – Marina Bay)

Dine & Donate at Arena’s!  10% of all sales for lunch and dinner will go directly to Clothing Our Kids! Click Coupon below to give to your server.


Dine & Donate at Catch 54!

10% of all sales for lunch and dinner will go directly to Clothing Our Kids! Click Coupon below to give to your server.


Clothing Drive Sponsored by the Del Tech SGA. TWO drop-off locations: Del Tech’s Main Entrance & the Student Services Building


Nonprofit helps clothe needy kids in Sussex (

January 2015:

Clothing Our Kids benefits from donation of 200 coats | Cape Gazette

December 2013:

Fundraising to clothe our kids | Cape Gazette

September 2013:

A Perfect Fit | Delaware Beach Life