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Spring Cleaning Could Help Give Kids a Week of Free Clothes

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Spring Cleaning Could Help Give Kids a Week of Free Clothes

Your Spring Cleaning Could Help Give Kids a Week of Free Clothes

Through April 9th, our Lower Division faculty, staff and parents will be collecting gently used and new children’s clothes for Clothes To Kids. Collection bins will be available in the Lower Division breezeway.

“We ask that Lower Division parents please join us in sharing our abundant blessings with those in our community,” said Layne Lenfestey, Divinity Teacher.

It’s the time of year that many people pare down clothing they haven’t been wearing as part of their annual spring cleaning. So it’s no coincidence that our Lower Division’s Divinity Lenten lessons have be aligned to that theme.

“We have been focusing on sacrifice and giving; getting rid of distractions in our lives and focusing on making room for Jesus and being His disciple,” Lenfestey said.

Clothes to Kids is a nonprofit organization that lets children who are in crisis, or who are eligible for free or reduced priced lunch, shop for a week’s worth of free clothes in a Clothes to Kids store. Lenfestey and SJE parent Tifphani Valdes, who together spearheaded the clothing drive, thought the organization seemed like a good fit.

Michael Salzer, Head of the Lower Division, agreed. “The clothing drive is a good example of the harmony created when community and school work together to help others,” he said. "We believe that the blessings we enjoy provide us with opportunity and the obligation to give back, and this idea is central to St. John’s Citizenship Core Value”

Here's What Clothes to Kids Needs

“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.”  1 Timothy 6:18

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