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Posted November 24, 2014

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This Holiday Season, Don't Forget Our Neediest Kids

The APS Community Clothing Bank is taking monetary donations as well as new socks, undergarments and shoes so students can have the basic essentials.

After a smashing rookie season, the APS Community Clothing Bank has big plans for 2015 and beyond.

But it needs your help.

Write a check to the Foundation at PO Box 25704, Albuquerque, NM  87125. Please note APS Community Clothing Bank on the check.

In just a little over a year, the Clothing Bank served more than 3,100 students, providing a valuable safety net for Albuquerque Public Schools’ less fortunate families while also keeping kids in school and forging valuable community partnerships.

“When the Clothing Bank unexpectedly fell to the district and the APS Education in 2013, we frankly weren’t sure how things would go,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “I’m glad to say we’ve had great success.”

That momentum can be sustained with financial contributions – tax-deductible – to the Clothing Bank over the holiday season and throughout the year. You may donate online at www.apseducationfoundation.org or write a check to the Foundation at PO Box 25704, Albuquerque, N.M., 87125. Please note APS Community Clothing Bank on the check.

In-kind donations also are valued. The Clothing Bank needs new socks, shoes and underwear, for those are the most basic items and hardest to access. Those donations may be made at the Clothing Bank box at City Centre, 6400 Uptown NE.

The district, through the Division of Student, Family and Community Support, has created a partnership with Goodwill Industries and the Assistance League to put shirts, shoes, coats and other items into the hands of our students – a move that has grown the reach the Clothing Bank. But financial assistance increases the flexibility to purchase new socks, shoes and underwear for students.

“The thing you know about people in Albuquerque, and particularly APS employees, is that they believe in helping kids who need vital assistance,” Casaus said. “This is the perfect time.”

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