The mission of Clothes To Kids of Denver (CTKD) is to provide new and quality used clothing in a boutique setting to students from low-income or in-crisis families in the Denver Metro Area, free of charge. We envision a community where all students have the clothing they need to feel comfortable, confident and prepared to thrive.
CTKD, which was based on the concept of Clothes To Kids in Pinellas County, Florida, opened September 2, 2008. The four founders of CTKD were inspired by the tremendous impact of the store in Florida and saw an opportunity to create a similar resource to address the high level of need among Denver's students for suitable school clothing. This need has steadily increased in the years since CTKD was founded.
Over the last five years, the CTKD boutique has been able to relocate to a larger space and hire six paid staff (3 FT, 3 PT), which has allowed us to extend its hours of operation and schedule more appointments. CTKD's attractive store-like setting combined with our emphasis on providing shoppers with the best possible quality, selection and customer experience make CTKD the preeminent clothing resource for students in need in the 10-county Denver Metro Area. By creating a welcoming boutique environment where students in need can select clothing, CTKD aims to enhance each shopper's sense of dignity. CTKD expects to provide more than 10,000 wardrobes in 2018.
* From a letter sent by a Denver Human Services caseworker:
"I just returned from a home visit with a single mother who is living with two girls, ages 8 and 10, in transitional housing for homeless families. They had come from shopping at Clothes To Kids that morning, and the girls were so proud of their new clothes that they spent the next hour modeling each outfit from their new wardrobe. Their mother said that she has not seen her girls this happy in a very long time and became tearful as she told me how grateful she was that they had new clothes for school. There may not be a way to measure the far-reaching impact that you have on the children who shop at Clothes To Kids - but individually - each of the children you serve feels cared about by their community. They receive so much more than some clothes for school. Thank you!"
From a recent thank you note sent by a shopper:
"I am so grateful to all of you and the volunteers who helped us get clothes last week. We just moved here and each of my five kids found everything they needed for their new schools. Thank you for helping me take care of my kids and for clothing them in love, joy and happiness. We rejoice in all of the great works you are doing."
From our most recent shopper survey:
"The volunteers are patient with you so you can pick anything you like. If you don't find what you need, they go above and beyond to make sure you find it."
"The atmosphere and the quality clothing makes my kids feel more like the other kids. The kids get new things for free, which means more money for groceries."
"Since clothes are one of the basic human needs, we really appreciate your help. It means a lot for us parents to be able to provide school clothing for our children."
"Thank you. You make life a lot easier for all of us and anybody like us that needs help."
"Thanks for all your help. You are a blessing for me and my family."
* "Without Clothes To Kids, I wouldn't want to go to school because I didn't have nice clothes until I shopped here."
* "The volunteers at Clothes To Kids are really nice and helped me pick out my new outfits. It was fun and they made sure I got what I needed and that I was satisfied."
* "I can't thank Clothes To Kids enough. Without your help, I don't know how I could have clothed my kids for school this year. Thank you and God bless."