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The mission of Marjorie’s Hope is to help economically disadvantaged children within Pasco County. By doing so, this successful non-profit remains instrumental in raising children’s hopes, self esteem, and grades! After all, the children of today are the future of tomorrow.
This school season – thanks to many local businesses, service clubs, private donors, and volunteers – Marjorie’s Hope provided more than 1,300 backpacks containing school supplies and personal hygiene items to Pasco children in need.
The organization’s goal for the 2015-2016 school year is to open a free Clothing Closet for needy Pasco students. For this dream to become a reality, Marjorie’s Hope depends upon the support of the community, local business partners, private donors, volunteers, and most importantly, the generosity of an individual or property management company, willing to donate a retail store-front for one year.
Since the Clothing Closet will not be open to the public, a high traffic store-front location is unnecessary. The first-year-free rental would allow the organization time to establish the Clothing Closet, cover monthly utility expenses, and actively seek grants to pay moving forward.
While it saddens all involved that there is a desperate need for this venture here, Marjorie’s Hope seeks to fill a void for students, agencies and court systems within our community.
The purpose of the Clothing Closet is to provide needy, school-aged children a place to shop…free of cost, embarrassment and humiliation. Each child referred by the Pasco County courts; school resource officers and administrators; social service agencies; clergy; youth & families domestic violence shelters; mobile medical units; and other approved agencies, will have the opportunity to shop once annually and, eventually, twice, for a designated number of clothing articles, shoes and accessories.
If a child only has clothing with holes or stains, they often become targets of bullying and social isolation. By providing gently-used and new clothing items, Marjorie’s Hope is striving to thwart acts of bullying, and promote social acceptance among the peers of the students they help.
The store-front should be located on a public transportation route, as a convenience for families without transportation. Hours of operation must accommodate families requiring evening and weekend hours, with expanded times for back-to-school and holiday breaks. Shopping will be by appointment only, and volunteers will assist shoppers and accept donations during regular hours or by appointment for pick-up/delivery.
If you have a store-front you are willing to donate for one year, or for more information about Marjorie’s Hope Clothing Closet, corporate sponsorships and donations, visit www.marjorieshope.com, or contact Debi Shackowsky at 727-776-5458.
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