Through your generous support, a team of shipping partners and a network of community volunteers, CITC coordinates with the New York-based charity Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) for delivery of new children’s apparel and household necessities to Anchorage for statewide distribution.
For a child living in poverty or other challenging circumstances, receiving a new item of clothing, brand-name shoes, a warm coat or school supplies has a profound effect on his or her confidence and self-esteem.
K.I.D.S. serves families living in poverty or struggling with life-altering or debilitating circumstances by distributing high-quality items donated from national retailers and manufacturers for re-distribution to communities in need throughout the world.
According to Kristin English, Chief Operating Officer for CITC, the K.I.D.S. program is a great way to reach thousands of Alaska’s most vulnerable families each year with critical items that can make a big difference in stretching a family’s budget.
“Many of the families receiving K.I.D.S. clothing are living paycheck to paycheck or have been impacted by a disaster,” said English. “Receiving a new set of clothing or a few packages of diapers can make a big difference to both the parents and the children,” adds English.
It costs CITC approximately $80,000 a year to administer the K.I.D.S. program, and in return, CITC distributes more than $1 million worth of quality children’s clothing to more than 8,000 families living from Nome to Juneau.
“We get a huge return on our investment in the program and we’re able to impact thousands of families each year,” said English. “It’s a win-win situation, and we are grateful to be a part of this worthy cause.”
CITC is able to keep costs low through the generous support of its shipping partners, including Alaska Airlines, Carlile, Northern Air Cargo, Spernak Air and Totem Ocean Trailer Express, who donate all costs in bringing the items to Anchorage for distribution to hub communities throughout the state.
A team of 23 local nonprofits then delivers K.I.D.S. items within their own communities. Another key partner is the Rasmuson Foundation, who helped bring the K.I.D.S. program to Alaska, and has paid CITC’s annual fee for participation in the program.
Community volunteers play a critical role as well, sorting and organizing the massive shipments in preparation for community distributions. Your support helped make a June distribution at CITC’s transportation center a reality.
New children’s summer clothing, Huggies diapers and Dr. Scholl’s ladies’ slippers were delivered to 177 families with 390 children. Previous shipments have included items such as 10,000 pieces of Carter’s children’s clothing, 6,000 pairs of UGG boots and 22 pallets of children’s clothing from Sears.
Thank you! Your support helps provide much needed items to some of Alaska’s most vulnerable families.