Have you ever stared at your daughter in her favorite pink dress, a size too small but still in perfect condition and wondered who will wear it next? What about those denim shorts your son wore last summer that are still rugged and blue?
We have the answer – donate gently used children’s clothing to The Sharing Shelf and we will make sure that your treasured children’s clothing are given to directly to children in need.
Westchester County, NY, home to some of the wealthiest families in the nation, is also home to some of the poorest. Westchester has the 13th highest median family income of any county while 7% of our County’s population lives below the poverty level. According to the 2012 American Community Survey, 12.7% of children in Westchester are living in poverty. The Westchester Children’s Association found that 3 in 10 Westchester children live in low-income families. Approximately one-third of all households spend at least 35% of their income on housing, leaving fewer resources for other needs. In such circumstances, new clothing and school supplies are a luxury these families cannot afford.
The Sharing Shelf was founded to meet this need. We collect new and gently used children’s clothing in sizes from newborn through XXL, for infants, youth and teens from birth through 19. Volunteers meet in our Port Chester warehouse where donations are screened then sorted them by size, season and gender. Social workers, therapists, teachers, attorneys and others working with low-income families in our community submit requests for their clients. Our volunteers then create packages filled with a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched into outfits according to a child’s sizing needs.
We also seek donations of other basic supplies including gently worn or new shoes, strollers, pack-n-plays and new school supplies (see our “Backpacks to School” program).
47 Purdy Avenue, Port Chester
(near Costco and the Port Chester movie theater)
Deborah Blatt, Program Coordinator
For those working with low-income children, click here for instructions and our clothing request form.
Our great thanks to Embassy Cleaners of Larchmont and Scarsdale for generously cleaning 215 coats donated to the Sharing Shelf of FSW over the past two years so that we can distribute them to children in need. We are so grateful for this generous donation in support of our efforts!
The Sharing Shelf is also grateful to Junior League of Westchester on the Sound for all of their support.