FSW’s Clothing Bank for Westchester Children
The Sharing Shelf’s 2015-2016 annual “Backpacks to School” campaign is underway. In Westchester County, three out of every ten children live in low-income homes and one in three qualify for free or reduced lunch. For these children and their families, finding the resources needed to purchase new school supplies is an added strain in the ongoing struggle to make ends meet. The Sharing Shelf of FSW aims to ease this burden by providing the backpacks and supplies students need to start the school year ready to learn. Are you ready to help?To make a contribution, please click here.
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 all summer, but are still rugged and blue? What will you do with all those picture books now that your children are in middle school?
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. In some communities, the percentages are even higher: 25% in Mt. Vernon and 27% in Yonkers. Approximately one-third of all households spend at least 35% of their income on housing, leaving fewer resources for other needs.
The Sharing Shelf links those two communities. We collect gently used children’s clothing from Westchester’s community that can donate and provide those usable items to members of our community who are in need.
We collect new and gently used children’s clothing for ages 0-18 and distribute it through social service agencies, teachers and others to children in need at no cost. We also seek donations of other basic supplies including gently used or new shoes, strollers, pack-n-plays and new school supplies. We will gladly accept overstock or slightly irregular clothing from companies as well as hand-me-downs from families.
47 Purdy Avenue, Port Chester
(near Costco and the Port Chester movie theater)
Deborah Blatt, Program Coordinator
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 grateful for the support from