Children in need pick out warm winter clothes during annual ‘Clothe a Child’ event

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Salvation Army of Spokane set out on Saturday to ensure kids will stay warm as temperatures continue to drop. 

Each year, volunteers with the organization take children shopping for warm clothes during the Clothe a Child event. 

“New clothes, it also helps build the kids self esteem, so many children that we help have clothes that are second hand or third hand and so this allows us to do here, to get new clothes for themselves and just so great,” said Major Ken Perine with the Salvation Army.

During this year’s event, volunteers assisted roughly 100 elementary-aged children as they scoured JCPenney for warm winter clothes and shoes. Those children are given $100- $120 each to choose their own items, all of which are paid for through private community donors.  

The number of kids helped is actually fewer than years past because the Salvation Army is down on donations and because of other restrictions with the pandemic, according to Perine.

Gracelynne was one of the kids who bought some new clothes on Saturday. She said it was helpful for her parents since she and her brother were able to pick up some new clothes.

“For some of these children, this will be the first time they have received new clothes and shoes,” it reads in a release.