Hope’s Closet, a non-profit group in Hamilton that supports foster families and children, is collecting school supplies and clothing for the upcoming school year. STAFF FILE PHOTO/2015

How you can help local foster kids get back-to-school supplies

The non-profit is having its back-to-school shopping event and wants to get an early jump in order to help 200 foster kids get the supplies they need for school.

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Executive Director Sarah Coleman said the agency has been tasked to serve more kids this year, so she hopes this year’s event will be a success.

“Because of the generosity of our supporters, 200 children in foster care can make an appointment to shop for back to school clothing and a filled backpack,” Coleman said.

She added, “we will be supplying the children with six short sleeved shirts, shorts, skirts, pants, hoodies, winter fleece jacket, socks, shoes, underwear, make-up, toiletries, and a filled backpack.”

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Coleman said getting supplies and clothes to 200 foster kids to start the school year is more than last year’s fall goal, but by the end of the upcoming school year they hope to serve more than 1,000 youth.

“We will additionally have their winter clothing and coats available in October,” she said.

Making the goals and pulling off the shopping event requires help from the community and Coleman said people have responded in great numbers.

“As a community, people are coming together to link arms around these kids and letting them know they are not alone,” she said.

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The shopping event is scheduled to run between July 31 and Aug 16. Donations can be made at Hope’s Closet, 332 Dayton St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To schedule an appointment to shop at Hope’s Closet, call 513-773-4018 or email hopesclosetoh@gmail.com.

“We are also asking people to drop off cards of encouragement for the children and we will be including those in their gift bags,” Coleman said.

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