San Mateo County nonprofit Samaritan House has reopened its Kids Closet, a program that provides free clothes to low-income families.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for this year’s expanded program took place Tuesday afternoon at 4015 Pacific Blvd. in San Mateo, where the Kids Closet is located.
Kids Closet is a support program in which families can shop for free clothing for infants through teens, diapers and school supplies. This year, the program is operating as a drive-thru system, where people can pick up bagged clothing bundles.
Last year, the program distributed over 43,000 articles of children’s clothing and shoes and over 85,000 diapers, according to Samaritan House.
Samaritan House CEO Bart Charlow said that the Kids Closet program is expanding to meet the growing need in San Mateo County.
“We serve thousands of low-income families each year, and Kids Closet is one of our many support programs that help clients remain an active, successful part of our community,” Charlow said in a statement. “The City of San Mateo has been instrumental in welcoming the new facility, which will allow us to offer a higher volume of service for these families in need.”
In 2021, Samaritan House will accept donations of new or gently used children’s clothing. Visit the Samaritan House website to learn more about its programs and how to help in other ways.