(Beaver Dam) Two local electric utilities have made a $6000 donation to Clothes for Kids. The Beaver Dam-based, non-profit is receiving the funds from the Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative and Alliant Energy. Originally, Clothes for Kids reached out to the coop for a $3000 gift. They agreed, then asked Alliant Energy to match it with another $3000. Clothes for Kids Executive Director Jodi Walsh-Slowiak (slow-vee-ack) says clothes that fit are so important for a child’s confidence, especially going into a new grade, and the grant will specifically help with shoes and school supplies, which are essential for keeping kids active and learning. Clothes for Kids is a clothing exchange program. Member families bring their children to “shop” and try on clothing, taking what they need at no charge. When the child has outgrown the clothes, the family comes back, selecting new clothes and returning the old ones. A child visiting Clothes for Kids will typically receive multiple shirts, pants, socks, underwear, grooming items, two pairs of shoes and seasonal items such as a coat. Through the organization’s back-to-school program, students can also receive school supplies and backpacks. Clothes for Kids expects to help around 1,100 families get prepared for the new school year, giving student what they need to start school strong.
Attached photo: Brian Hood (kneeling at left), Alliant Energy Wholesale Account Manager, and Jay Porter (kneeling at right), Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative CEO, present checks to Cloths for Kids volunteers.