Clothing bags & gift cardsdistributed last year
With your help, we can do more
August is one of our busiest months. Early in the month, we began to receive clothing and gift card requests from social workers. Day after day, the orders kept coming in and by the end of the month, we had record breaking numbers.
In August 2016, we provided 184 clothing orders and gift cards to help the children on the Cape and Islands go back to school, so we thought we might increase that to 200 this year. Boy, was that estimate low!
Because of the generosity of the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation and the numerous individuals who donated to our Foot the Bill campaign, we were able to fill all the clothing requests that came in.
Also unprecedented, was the request for gift cards for the kids. We provide the cards to the children who wear sizes that we do not carry. In an average month, we provide 15-20 cards. Last month our requests totaled over 110! We were able to fill about 75 of them and still have about 40 on a waiting list. We ask our social workers to bear with us as we work to fill the wait list as quickly as possible.
Katelynn’s Closet is excited about the huge increase in the numbers of children we served in August. As you travel around the Cape and watch the kids as the head back to school, please feel confident that we continue our mission to “provide needy children on Cape Cod and the Islands, ages 4-18, with clothing, footwear, and basics in order to help them maintain their dignity and foster self-esteem.”
On behalf of the children we serve, we thank you for your continued support of our mission.
We are so excited to announce that the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation has given Katelynn’s Closet a check for $4500.00 to Foot the Bill for all 300 pairs of sneakers! We sincerely appreciate their commitment to serving the needy children on the Cape and Islands.
The foundation was started by Paul and Lila Lorusso when “in 1971, personal tragedy struck. The Lorusso’s 17 year old son and only child Lyndon, died when a large gravel loader tipped over onto him … Grief stricken Paul and Lila took a European trip – and it was on this trip that they decided to start the Lyndon Lorusso Charitable Foundation in order to keep his memory alive.
Since Lyndon’s Lorusso’s death, the words of the poet Emily Dickinson “I shall not live in vain,” have become the driving force of Paul and Lila Lorusso’s lives as they have endeavored to create living accomplishments for their son.”
Through the tragedy of Lyndon’s death and Katelynn’s death, both families have turned their tragedies into good works to help children in need.
The connection to the foundation was made when Thomas Milkey from Grand Cove Productions offered to do some PSA work for us. Thomas got to know the good works of Katelynn’s Closet when he did some video work for our wonderful supporter, George Davis Inc.
Thomas quickly understood our mission and the need to provide Back to School clothes and sneakers for the 300 children we expect to serve in August and September. He was quickly able to put us in touch with the Lorusso Foundation and they responded so generously by footing the whole bill for our sneakers. We are truly grateful to Thomas for believing in our mission and helping orchestrate the connection to the foundation.
On behalf of the children we serve, we thank the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation so very much for seeing the need for the sneakers. We are forever grateful for your generous donation.
We also want to thank the many generous individuals and businesses who have been sending in donations to help us Foot the Bill. Your kindness is a blessing to us and will allow us to continue to provide the sneakers we need throughout the year.
While everyone is just beginning to enjoy the summer, we are hard at work preparing for one of our busiest times…Back to School. Last year, we filled over 300 orders in August and September. Each child receives a new pair of sneakers, along with the standard week’s worth of clothes. Sneakers are one of our largest expenses. At a modest price of $15 per pair, we need to raise $4500.00 just to cover the cost of sneakers for our back to school orders. And, if the past is any indication of the future, we’ll probably need more than 300 pairs.
So…..here’s how you can help us “Foot the Bill”! We’re looking for 300 of our supporters like you to donate $15.00 for one pair of sneakers. Of course, if you would like to donate more, we would be thrilled to accept your donation to help more children.
It’s easy to do:
As you are enjoying your beautiful Cape Cod summer with friends and family, remember that so many Cape children are in need of the basic necessities like clothing. Share our story with your friends and ask them to join you in supporting us.
On behalf of the children we serve, we thank you for helping Katelynn’s Closet “Foot the Bill”!
With your help, we can do more