We started with one purple coat.
History of Clothes To Kids, Inc.
Jode Frisbie Eye and Marie Bouchard McClung, childhood friends and graduates of Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Florida, created Clothes To Kids, Inc. out of a passion for helping children in need. After many planning sessions at Jode’s kitchen table, the co-founders incorporated and starting collecting clothing in 2002. Their idea was to provide a cheerful store environment where families and children could actually shop with dignity and respect and receive school clothing free of charge.
On June 11, 2003, the first Clothes To Kids store opened in Dunedin, providing 1,200 square feet of shopping space. They outgrew the space quickly and moved to the current Clearwater location in 2005. Through generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community Jode and Marie saw their vision of the department store look and feel become a reality.
In December 2009 a second Clothes To Kids Store opened in St. Petersburg. This made clothing more accessible to families in South County. This summer (2018), another Clothes To Kids, Inc. Store will open across the bay in Tampa – serving kids in Hillsborough County.
Jode and Marie had a vision to provide school children with new and quality used clothing in a fun shopping environment and they wanted all of the clothing to be free of charge. This was way more than just a good idea. To date, Clothes To Kids, Inc. has distributed more than 129,000 wardrobes to kids in our community.
KIDS IN YOUR COMMUNITY NEED CLOTHING TOO
There are other dedicated people around the country who have opened Clothes To Kids Stores for kids in their community*, including Clothes To Kids of Denver, Clothes To Kids of Haywood County, NC, Clothes To Kids Rhode Island and Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County, CT. If you are interested in finding out more about our mission, and how to open a store, Jode would like to talk with you.
*Clothes To Kids, Inc. is the founding organization. Clothes To Kids stores around the country operate under their own 501(c)(3), fund their own operating expenses and are governed by their own Board of Directors. The Clothes To Kids, Inc. Affiliate Coordinator can help you get started.