History of Clothes To Kids, Inc.

Jode Frisbie Eye and Marie Bouchard McClung, childhood friends and graduates of Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Florida, created Clothes To Kids, Inc. out of a passion for helping children in need. After many planning sessions at Jode’s kitchen table, the co-founders incorporated and starting collecting clothing in 2002. Their idea was to provide a cheerful store environment where families and children could actually shop with dignity and respect and receive school clothing free of charge.

On June 11, 2003, the first Clothes To Kids store opened in Dunedin, providing 1,200 square feet of shopping space.  They outgrew the space quickly and moved to the current Clearwater location in 2005.   Through generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community Jode and Marie saw their vision of the department store look and feel become a reality.

Who Needs Clothing?

In 2017 Clothes To Kids provided 10,260 school wardrobes to kids in Pinellas County.  With our expansion into Hillsborough County, we will serve more kids in need.  More than 175,000 kids in the Tampa Bay area are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.  These are the students who shop at Clothes To Kids.

We could not do this without you! Research shows that children who go to school wearing clothes that make them feel like they fit in perform better academically than those who don’t.

We want all of our kids to go to school feeling good about themselves – ready to learn!

Buy a Wardrobe!

In December 2009 a second Clothes To Kids Store opened in St. Petersburg. This made clothing more accessible to families in South County. This summer (2018), another Clothes To Kids, Inc. Store will open across the bay in Tampa – serving kids in Hillsborough County.

Jode and Marie had a vision to provide school children with new and quality used clothing in a fun shopping environment and they wanted all of the clothing to be free of charge. This was way more than just a good idea. To date, Clothes To Kids, Inc. has distributed more than 129,000 wardrobes to kids in our community.

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KIDS IN YOUR COMMUNITY NEED CLOTHING TOO

There are other dedicated people around the country who have opened Clothes To Kids Stores for kids in their community*, including Clothes To Kids of Denver, Clothes To Kids of Haywood County, NC, Clothes To Kids Rhode Island and Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County, CT. If you are interested in finding out more about our mission, and how to open a store, Jode would like to talk with you.

*Clothes To Kids, Inc. is the founding organization. Clothes To Kids stores around the country operate under their own 501(c)(3), fund their own operating expenses and are governed by their own Board of Directors. The Clothes To Kids, Inc. Affiliate Coordinator can help you get started.

  

Get Involved

Clothes To Kids needs your time, enthusiasm and expertise to keep our organization running.  Volunteers are an essential component in allowing us to provide clothing to children in our community.

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We host regular luncheons, fundraisers and events throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events by clicking below.

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Volunteer opportunities

We offer a number of volunteer opportunities from Client Services to Stock Room roles. Find out which role you fit into by clicking here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Make a Donation

You can donate in many ways, annually, one-time-donation or by donating clothes for our stores. Learn more below.

Donation Options

Please visit https://clothestokids.org/  to learn more about all the opportunities available

Contact Us

Here at Clothes To Kids – we welcome any and all individuals who would like to get involved with our organization. Click the links to the right to see how you can get involved today.

Have a question? Feel free to reach out to us below.

727-441-5050
inspire@clothestokids.org

Store Locations:

Clearwater Store:
1059 North Hercules Avenue
Clearwater, Florida 33765

St. Petersburg Store: 
2168 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711

Tampa Store COMING SOON!