In Wake County, nearly 50,000 children qualify for free or reduced priced lunch through federal programs. There are over 2,000 homeless children registered in Wake County Public Schools. Social service agencies and charitable organizations in Wake County work their hardest to make sure these children have what they need to succeed in school and in life. But they can’t do everything. And neither can we.
What we can do is make sure that the wealth of locally donated clothing goes to the children and families in our community who need it most. These are our children.
What We Do
Note in the Pocket serves as a clothing resource to the many agencies and organizations already working to help feed, house, and educate some of the most vulnerable in our community. Our program provides basic day to day clothing needs. When a community social service agency identifies a child living in poverty, they send us a request for the sizes and type of clothing needed, as well as any needs of members of the child’s immediate family, and we put together a week’s worth of clothing. The clothing is delivered to the agency that made the request on the child’s behalf. The agency then makes arrangements to get the clothing to the family.
Our model for getting the clothes to the children strives to remove some of the stigma that goes along with needing help. The families do not have to ask for yet one more thing, they do not have to go to a location to pick through the leftovers of donated clothing, a child does not need to wear the same pair of pants over and over again. We deliver a wardrobe that has been lovingly selected for that individual by one of our volunteers.
What You Can Do
If you are a teacher, social worker, or work with an agency able to identify the clothing needs of students in Wake County, you can become a Referral Partner. Together we can help alleviate some of the need.
LET PEOPLE KNOW about Note in the Pocket! Many people would like their used clothing to go to a child in need, they just don’t know how to get it there. Help us make Note in the Pocket a Wake County household name.