July 2015
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Donor Spotlight:
Next Day Valetstoffel
Alan and Marsha Walts, owners of Next Day Valet


There are just about as many ways to support CTKD as there are donors.


Take, for example, Marsha and Alan Watts, owners of Next Day Valet in Parker.

For the last three years, they've sponsored a donation drive for CTKD. To make sure the clothing got to us, they not only picked up clothing donations from  customers, but they also cleaned the items and delivered them to our store just in time for the back-to-school rush.

Help us thank them for their support by visiting their website or signing up for their dry cleaning and delivery service at 303.948.4449.

They serve the communities of Parker, southeast Aurora, Heritage Hills, and Heritage Estates.


Key Contacts

 Katie Jones Jadwin
Executive Director

Valerie Lunka
Development Director

Robin Rose
Program Manager

Catherine Chaney Bowman
Newsletter Editor

2890 S. Colorado Blvd.
Unit M-3
Denver, CO 80222



Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Second Saturday of the month:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Now you don't have to wait for store hours to drop off items! Use our new outdoor collection bin in the courtyard in front of our store whenever it suits you.
See our donation guidelines for more information about the kinds of items we're looking for.
What We Do
Since 2008, Clothes To Kids of Denver (CTKD) has provided more than 20,000 school wardrobes to students in need throughout the Denver Metro area.

Why is an appropriate wardrobe so important?

For children and teens, clothing is more than a basic need -- it's key to their success in school. When students have quality clothing that helps them feel confident, they are more likely to attend school with the self-esteem needed to succeed academically.

At CTKD, students shop in a store-like environment with the help of staff and volunteers who are dedicated to providing a high level of personalized service. Students are invited to shop twice per year.

Recently, CTKD expanded its service area to include ten Denver Metro counties. That expansion means that 190,000 students are now eligible to shop at CTKD.

How Much Does a Wardrobe Cost?

It costs CTKD about $50 to furnish a wardrobe for one child.

Back to School
Is Fast Approaching!

Help us ensure we have enough wardrobes to supply this fall's students with the clothes they need to succeed. 

Donate Now!

From the Executive Director

With new summer hours and back-to-school shopping right around the corner, we're looking for volunteers to help out at the store: working with clients, managing inventory, and keeping the shelves stocked. It's a great way to get to see first-hand how much our program benefits the children of our community. Plus, the more volunteers helping us staff the store, the more children we can serve! 


If you'd like to volunteer, or have any questions about how you may support us, please  contact me!

To learn more about the volunteer schedule, click here.

Warm regards,

Executive Director
Clothes To Kids of Denver

PS:  Please help us expand our reach by forwarding our newsletter to your friends, co-workers, and others who may be interested in learning more about what we do! And be sure to like us on Facebook!

ExploreThe best way to get to know more about what we do is to join us for a behind-the-scenes tour. The next "Explore the Store" is scheduled for:


7 p.m. Wednesday, August 19  


Everyone is welcome to participate, but it's an especially good opportunity for those considering volunteering in the store.   



 RSVP or Learn More About Explore the Store 
CTKD ED Katie Jones Jadwin, left, with Maya Bunik, Primary Care Physician, Children's Hospital
CTKD Honored by Colorado Pediatricians

PediatricsOn June 17, the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics honored CTKD with its annual Child Health and Welfare Award 2015. 


This recognition of our service to school age children came by way of Maya Bunik, a Primary Care Physician at Children's Hospital Colorado, who nominated us.


We're so grateful for the support of the community, and we're especially proud to be recognized by those who are in a position to see first-hand the contributions our program makes to children.


Thank you, Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics!  

BluejeanAs we head toward the dog days of summer, it's clear that September -- and our inaugural Blue Jean Bash -- will be upon us in no time at all. If you haven't already done so, mark your calendars for: 

Saturday evening
September 26, 2015
EXDO Event Center
Denver, Colorado

Click here to purchase tickets now!
Thank You to our Sponsors!
We're grateful to the many sponsors who are helping us underwrite this event:

Gold Sponsors

Bill and Sandy Arnold

Silver Sponsor 

Bronze Sponsors

Channel 4 CBS
Holland and Hart
The Meyers Family Foundation 
Taylor/Anderson LLP

It's still not too late to sign up for a sponsorship. So if you're interested in learning more about how you can support Clothes To Kids of Denver's Blue Jean Bash contact Val Lunka at 303-681-5054 or by email.

Download the Blue Jean Bash sponsorship packet
Our five amazing co-hostesses -- from left to right Mary Ann Hampton, Juanita Colehower, Jeanne Corn, Nikki Gordon, and Jodi Maples -- presided over a great Socks in the City event that raised money and more than 1,200 pairs of new children's socks!

Socks in the City UpdateSocks
Late this spring we launched Socks in the City, a party concept that is helping us increase awareness of our organization while raising money and clothing donations. And the fact that it's a terrific opportunity to gather with friends for some summer fun is the icing on the cake . . . or the olive in the martini, depending on your preference.

To date, with three parties already completed, we've raised over $3,160 and gathered 1,924 donated socks! Plus we've introduced our organization to 104 new people.

To learn more about hosting your own Socks in the City party:

Then, if you'd like more information, contact Valerie Lunka.
This month's featured volunteer, Lois Nelson, with William and Christopher, Iraqi immigrants that Lois and her husband Ray have helped ease into a new life in Denver.

NelsonVolunteer Profile: Lois Nelson

Serving those in need is second nature for Lois and her husband, Ray. Over the years, the two have provided assistance and support to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers resettling in Denver.

But last year, Lois was intrigued by a small announcement requesting volunteer help for CTKD in the YourHub section of the Denver Post. Serving school-aged children in need was just the kind of volunteer work she finds so rewarding.

Now, just about every Wednesday, you can find Lois sorting, tagging and helping shoppers at CTKD, often with some expert help from William and Christopher. The boys, whose family fled Iraq seven years ago, call Lois "Grandma" and are quick to praise her for being helpful, loving, a good cook and a talented singer.


Of course, Lois's role at CTKD doesn't mean she's stopped her other volunteer activities. She and Ray are currently working with 20 families who have sought a better life in Denver after leaving such trouble spots as Iraq, Somalia, Gambia, Rwanda, Togo and Uganda.


For all you do for CTKD and for our community at large, thank you Lois! We're honored to have you as part of our team of volunteers!


Learn how you can volunteer for CTKD.