Tonawanda News

The Town

February 17, 2013

Helping hands at Ken-Ton Closet

Ken-Ton Closet aims to distribute clothing, supplies to children in need

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Tonawanda News — However, the project will also accept off-season clothing for distribution in the season when it’s needed, as well as school supplies, toiletries and anything a child might need, O’Malley said. (It cannot, however, accept cash donations or gift cards at this time.)

Csiceri said that the children who are often in need may have been relocated, or found themselves living with a different relative without the resources to provide for all their needs. She also works with the town toy drive in December and sees some profoundly un-childlike Christmas lists.

“When the kids write down the stuff that they need, they talk about socks, about underwear, about sheets for their bed,” she said. “When I look at those kinds of lists coming up (for Christmas) ... I wonder how much more throughout the year they need.

“These are things these children are living with right around the corner, and you don’t even know it. There are a lot of families just trying to make ends meet.”

Collection for the project takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sheridan-Parkside Building, 169 Sheridan-Parkside in the Town of Tonawanda. In addition, Bumblebeez Consignment and Children’s Boutique at 906 Brighton Road will be holding a collection event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9, focusing on collecting new socks, new underwear, new toiletries and new school supplies. O’Malley is hoping that collection events and sites will eventually take place throughout the community.

Michael Muscarella, principal at Lindbergh Elementary School, volunteered to have a collection bin placed at the school.

“I think it’s a great resource for our community and our kids, not only at Lindbergh, but the entire community,” he said. “We’re going to be able to get supplies and clothing to the children who need them. There are kids who come to our doors everyday with these needs; it’s a link to resources we can get to our building quickly. 

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