Clothing bank finds new home

The Federal Way PTSA Council’s clothes bank has found a new home and wlil soon resume serving low-income families in the Federal Way school district.

The Clothing Resource Center is moving to a leased district office complex at 30819 14th Ave. S., in about the same amount of space as its former site and with the added amenity of running water for volunteers working there.

The facility occupied a single-wide mobile home behind Truman High School until March 26. Remodeling of the school forced the trailer to be moved and the clothes bank to have a new base by April 15. Council president Charlotte Kemble and vice president Tami Gamba worried that the clothes would have to be stored unless a new home was found by then. But district officials and community supporters helped arrange use of a room on the second floor of the two-story building near Federal Way High School and the district’s central kitchen.

Kemble said the PTSA Council appreciates being allowed by the district to use the site.

“This is such a blessing. We’re thrilled,” she said. “Without their help, we couldn’t provide this wonderful service.”

The clothing bank will remain closed until at least May while the new space is prepared and council officials take care of other PTSA duties, Kemble said.

Families needing apparel for their children are usually referred to the clothing bank by school counselors and secretaries.

Operating on a shoestring budget, the clothing bank receives clothing donations from PTSA and school-sponsored drives. Socks and underwear are bought in bulk from stores.

A separate clothing bank operated by Multi-Service Center at 1200 S. 336th St. is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Editor Pat Jenkins can be reached at 925-5565 and

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