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Thursday April 10th, 2014

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As the seasons slowly change from cooler temperatures to warmer ones, it is also a time when we starts to clean out our closets, and one local charity is looking for your help.

If you have clothes your children no longer need then Cuddles Clothing for Kids is accepting them at their County-wide spring clothing drive. Founded by law student and single mother of six Amy Johnson, Cuddles Clothing for Kids accepts donated clothing and provides it for free to children in need in the Windsor-Essex community.

“Having accepted help from others during a difficult period in my life, I wanted to pay it forward, but had difficulty finding an organization that would accept clothing donations,” Johnson reveals. “Poverty’s impact on children is not abstract but very real, and we aim to help bridge the gap when parents are struggling to manage covering the basics.”

Based out of St. Mark’s Anglican Church in west Windsor, the organization provides clothing for children from aged newborn to eighteen, and is completely run by volunteers. Families in need from Windsor and Essex County simply come to the distribution centre during their open times on Fridays and Saturdays to choose ‘new to you’ clothes.

“Although Cuddles Clothing for Kids cannot eliminate poverty, we are committed to reducing its impact on children,” Johnson says. “We hope that children will go to school not suffering for lack of adequate clothing.”

Later this month will mark the first spring clothing drive based in the County of Essex. Volunteers wanting to aid the organization have committed to a county-based clothing collection in order to make it easier for more people to donate clothes that are no longer needed. This County-wide spring clothing drive will take place at the Essex County Civic and Education Centre located at 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex on April 23rd,. 24th and 25th from noon to 1pm, and 4pm to 6pm.

Volunteers will be inside the building to accept donations. Clothes can range in size from newborn to size 18. Because Cuddles has no laundering facilities, they respectfully request all donated items are clean and in good repair.

More information can be found on their website here.

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