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February 17, 2013

Helping hands at Ken-Ton Closet

HELPING HANDS: Project grew quickly once it was started.

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The project is based out of the Sheridan-Parkside Building in the Town of Tonawanda. Sheila Csicseri, program director for the Sheridan Youth Center, said she received a telephone call from O’Malley, who was looking for space for the donations. 

The building’s second floor had been refurbished for the Health Sciences Charter School, which relocated last year. And Csiceri knew someone who was looking for an Eagle Scout project.

“It was kind of one of those things that all fell together,” she said. “I had the space ... Jill had a need and a passion. It should be a great resource to the entire community, not just this area but throughout the entire school system.”

Right now, O’Malley said, the greatest need is, by far, for winter jackets, hats and gloves and backpacks.

“Those things are the most expensive,” she said. “Even if you go to Walmart, it’s at least $20. If you have a family of five, that’s a lot. It adds up.”

However, the project will also accept off-season clothing for distribution in the season when it’s needed, as well as school supplies, toiletries and anything a child might need, O’Malley said. (It cannot, however, accept cash donations or gift cards at this time.)

Collection for the project takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sheridan-Parkside Building, 169 Sheridan-Parkside in the Town of Tonawanda. In addition, Bumblebeez Consignment and Children’s Boutique at 906 Brighton Road will be holding a collection event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9, focusing on collecting new socks, new underwear, new toiletries and new school supplies. O’Malley is hoping that collection events and sites will eventually take place throughout the community.

For more information, email ken-toncloset@ktpa.org, visit www.ktpa.org/Ken-Ton_Closet.html or search for Ken-Ton Closet on Facebook.

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