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APS Clothing Bank, Goodwill Join to Help Students in Need
The partnership will serve nearly twice as many students and provide seasonal outfits three times a year.
The APS Community Clothing Bank is partnering with Goodwill Industries of New Mexico to make sure students in need have clothes, shoes, undergarments and coats so they can focus on learning.
Beginning this month, students or parents can go to the school counselor, nurse or social work and place an order for new socks, underwear and shoes as well as for a new or slightly used coat. The order will be filled by the Clothing Bank, which will work with schools on getting the items to students.
In addition, students will receive a certificate for three outfits they can pick out at any Goodwill Industries store in Albuquerque. An outfit consists of pants and shirt or a dress.
And, they can repeat this process three times a year.
“Thanks to this great, enhanced partnership with Goodwill we’ll be able to serve many more children,” said Sonja Martens, APS Volunteer Programs Manager, estimating that the Clothing Bank will be able to help at least 5,000 students this school year. “When students come to school feeling confident and comfortable, they’re better able to focus on their learning.”
The Clothing Bank, which APS began managing earlier this year, is still accepting gently used clothing, and in fact is making it easier to donate. Donation bins will be located at the Clothing Bank, 1730 University Blvd. SE; the APS administration building, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE; and Shoes on a Shoestring at Cottonwood Mall.
The new system of having students place orders and get certificates has several benefits, Martens said. Students will no longer be pulled from class for several hours to travel to the Clothing Bank in order to try on clothes, but they will still get to enjoy a shopping experience with their families. They also will have a much greater selection of sizes and styles to choose from.
The Clothing Bank is accepting cash donations that pay for the new underwear, socks and shoes. Donations may be made to the APS Education Foundation, PO Box 25704, Albuquerque, 87125. They may also be brought to the Foundation’s office at 6400 Uptown NE, Suite 630E, or you may donate online at www.apseducationfoundation.org. Make checks payable to the APS Education Foundation and designated to the APS Community Clothing Bank.
Those interested in volunteering for the Clothing Bank can contact Martens at email@example.com or 855-5267.
Goodwill has six locations in Albuquerque: