The annual Back to School! Store enables underserved children to “shop” for free for brand-new clothing, athletic shoes and school supplies in a one-day-only “store” set up just for them. With the assistance of volunteer personal shoppers, each child is escorted throughout the department-store-like space to select pants, shirts, athletic shoes, hats, gloves, undergarments, a winter jacket, and a backpack in their favorite colors and styles. Each child also receives school supplies, books, and personal care items. We are able to provide all brand new merchandise through the support of our individual donors, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Our Kids Community Closets are located in 23 schools throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. These closets provide emergency clothing, coats and supplies to children so they can focus on learning and staying in school all year long.
It costs almost $200,000 per year to run the Back to School! Store and Kids Community Closet, and we could not do it without our generous sponsors and donors. Please click on a link below to learn more about the various sponsorship levels: