2023 News Articles and Video Clips
LEWES LIBRARY SUPPORTS CLOTHING OUR KIDS (COK)
Another library helping Clothing Our Kids (COK) dress kids for success. Lewes Library has dedicated a display case to promote the work of COK to ensure the Sussex County school kids in need are ready to learn. Standing in front of the display case she coordinated is COK Volunteer Eileen Wilkinson.
BOB BLOUIN, COK PRESIDENT, 2022 RECAP AND THANK YOU LETTER TO ALL VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS: 2022 YEAR END WRAP-UP AND THANK YOU MESSAGE
2022 News Articles and Video Clips
SPECIAL REQUEST FROM COUNTRY WESTERN SUPERSTAR REBA McENTIRE
“Special request to all you kids returning to school in August or September: If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn’t have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most “in” clothes — PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone’s life! PARENTS and GRANDPARENTS SHOULD RE-POST THIS.”
THANK YOU TO COK SCHOOL CONTACTS FROM CATHY SHOWELL, COK SCHOOL LIASON
Congratulations on making it through another school year! The volunteers at Clothing Our Kids just want to thank you for all you do for your kids and for allowing us to help you help them. We love what we do and wouldn’t be able to do it without you. The COK Volunteer Center closes for the summer while your kids are out of school, but if you ever have an emergency situation where clothing is needed please contact me and we’ll try our best to help out. Have a wonderful summer vacation and we will look forward to working with you again in the 2022-2023 school year!
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY’S GALLO REALTY DONATES $2000 TO COK
Clothing Our Kids (COK) is blessed to be the recipient of a $2000 donation from the Gallo Gives Foundation on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway’s Gallo Realty in Rehoboth. Representing Gallo Realty in the photo below are from left to right: Vice President Andrew Ratner, Agents Joan Wallace and Jamie Riddle, and Brand Ambassador Lori Jones. Accepting the check for COK is Volunteer Vice President Mike Wezel. The lives of Sussex County school children in need will be greatly enhanced by the kindness and generosity of our neighborhood Gallo Gives Foundation.
SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL AWARDS CLOTHING OUR KIDS WITH $5000 GRANT
Through the generosity of the Sussex County Council in Georgetown 1000 Sussex County school children in need will be provided one brand new outfit to help with their learning. On behalf of our KIDS, COK is grateful to be considered each year as the recipient of the Council’s grants. With the school year in full swing and an exceptionally cold winter upon us, the need for warm appropriate clothing is essential for their physical and emotional wellbeing. Clothing Our Kids depends on community partners such as the Sussex County Council to fulfill its mission to improve the lives of at-risk school children by providing them with new school clothing.
BOB BLOUIN, COK PRESIDENT, 2021 RECAP AND THANK YOU LETTER TO ALL VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS: 2021 YEAR END WRAP-UP AND THANK YOU MESSAGE.
GRANT from the ROTARY CLUB Of LEWES-REHOBOTH BEACH:
CLOTHING OUR KIDS IS BLESSED TO RECEIVE A GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF LEWES-REHOBOTH BEACH – President Bill Huntley advised that COK was identified as an organization whose values and mission are consistent with the goals and values of their Club. In the fall and spring of each year, the Rotary Club of Lewes-Rehoboth Beach singles out organizations to receive a grant raised from two major fundraisers, Flags for Heroes and their Trail Guide publication. The list is long, and COK is grateful to have been selected as the recipient of a $2000 grant. The ceremonial check was presented on February 28 at Big Oyster in Lewes. Pictured from left to right are Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary President Bill Huntley, COK Volunteer Vice President Mike Wezel, Rotarian and great friend of COK George Jarvis. Grants such as this truly make a difference in the lives of the Sussex County school children in need. On behalf of our KIDS, we appreciate the generosity of the members of the Rotary Club of Lewes-Rehoboth Beach.
2021 News Articles and Video Clips
Clothing Our Kids Golf Tournament: Thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers that made the 2021 Golf Fundraiser a success!
Thank You to Deb Putt, Grant Committee Chairperson: COK President Bob Blouin presented Deb Putt, former Grant Committee Chairperson, with a plaque recognizing her effort in creating and leading the Committee with great success. Bob and the entire Board Of Directors thank Deb for her hard work on behalf of the kids.
The plaque stated: With Gratitude from the Kids of Sussex County, Deb Putt, Grant Committee Founder and Manager
Delaware City Refining Company (DCRC) . COK is grateful to be selected as a beneficiary of DCRC Fundraiser. COK President Kate Gibson accepted the check from Michael Capone, General Manager. Also pictured is Lisa Lindsey, Public Affairs and Community Relations, who searched online and selected COK as a recipient. THANK YOU!! We truly appreciate your generosity.
lothing Our Kids announces date for the 2021 Charily Golf Outing – Ocean Atlantic/Schell Brothers as tournament trustees. 2021 COK Golf Tournament – Press Release (04/18/21)
Clothing Our Kids (COK) chosen as the first charity for “Thankful Thursday”. COK is pleased to have been chosen as the first charity on the summer calendar for “Thankful Thursday” by Revelation Craft Brewing Company at the airport at Hudson Field Beer Garden in historic Milton. Thankful Thursday – Press Release (04/18/21)
2020 News Articles and Video Clips
Kate Gibson, COK President, Year End Wrap-Up and Thank You message to all volunteers and donors: Clothing Our Kids thanks the community | Cape Gazette
The Peninsula Golf and Country Club Turkey Trot to Benefit Clothing Our Kids. On Nov 28th, over 50 people participated in the annual Turkey Trot at The Peninsula. COK was designated the beneficiary and participants donated over 150 articles of clothing for Sussex County school kids in need. Thanks to Troon in general and the Staff of the Athletic Club in particular for hosting this fun and necessary event.
Thank You to Glenn Schuster.
COK Vice President Bob Blouin recognized Glenn Schuster with a plaque thanking him for his service to COK as Director of Community Outreach. In making the presentation Bob acknowledged Glenn’s early involvement and passion in spreading COK’s Mission to business organizations, community associations, houses of worship and others throughout Sussex County. He was one of just a few volunteers at the start of COK and provided later volunteers with a roadmap to follow in promoting the organization’s work for the kids. Thanks Glenn!
Giving Thanks for Charity through Golf. Excerpt from Cape Gazette article by Fritz Schranck dated November 28, 2020:
“Clothing Our Kids is one of most successful grassroots charities to be created in the Cape Region. The organization provides clothing and footwear to needy elementary-age children throughout Sussex County. The primary source of funds has been a fall golf tournament at Peninsula, where many of the charity’s supporters live. The tournaments’ successes inspired a second fundraiser in the spring, an auction party.
The pandemic response forced the postponement of both the golf tournament and the spring auction in 2020, along with a significant cutback in the charity’s day-to-day operations.
Undaunted, COK chose a new option to deal with the situation. On Sept. 27, the Kruisin’ For Kids parade of highly decorated cars, often convertibles, rode through the Peninsula’s neighborhoods. Butterfly nets hanging from the cars collected donations from residents, and a safely spaced tailgate party to judge the car entries finished the day. It raised $8,000 – not a huge amount compared to the five-figure sums raised normally, but it will spend, and the county’s needy children will benefit.”
Kruisin for Kids (KFK), a parade of creatively decorated cars through the Peninsula, raised more than $8000 for the kids of Sussex county. THANK YOU to all participants and contributors!
Clothing Our Kids (COK) Recognizes Two Outstanding Board Members and Announces New Members. This month’s COK Board Meeting recognized two outstanding Volunteer Board Members as they step down after each served an eight-year tenure. Also, four new members were welcomed to the board.
An Enchanted Evening Under the Stars to Benefit Clothing Our Kids. The second annual Kickin’ it up for Kids Fundraiser will be held on April 16, 2020, at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club. (Postponed)
Janney Donates to Clothing Our Kids. Janney’s financial advisors and staff in its Lewes office collected needed apparel items to support Clothing Our Kids this holiday season. THANK YOU! We appreciate your generous donation!
2019 News Articles and Video Clips
Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary. THANK YOU to the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary for their generous donation of $2000 to Clothing Our Kids!! We truly appreciate it.
Custom SurfBoard Auction to Benefit COK. Bids accepted through August 15, 2019. A collaborative group of artists, designers, and craftsmen has teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind surfboard which will be auctioned as a fundraiser for Clothing Our Kids.
Through their “Bidding for a Cause Silent Auction” program, the employees of ALOFT AeroArchitects at Delaware Coastal Airport donated $620 to Clothing Our Kids. Pictured are the CEO of AeroArchitects Bob Sundin and COK Board Member Bob Blouin. On behalf of the Sussex County KIDS in need: THANK YOU! We appreciate your generous donation!
Many thanks to Dogfish Head “Tasting Room and Tours Tip Program” which donated $5,952.92 on April 16th to COK! We so appreciate your generous donation!
Auction Party held at Peninsula Golf and Country Club raised more than $54,000 for COK. THANK YOU to all donors, volunteers, and participants for making this such a successful event!