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Clothing closet looks to help foster families in need

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- Christians for Kids of Greene County opened a new clothing closet in Paragould to help collect items for foster families in need.

Christians for Kids recruits and trains prospective families interested in fostering a child.

Nicole Potts, recruitment coordinator with Christians for Kids, said they are in desperate need for bedding equipment. She says when it comes to buying equipment and clothes for kids, it can get pretty expensive.

"Greene County is definitely the one that is having the biggest shortage at this time the bigger discrepancy between the numbers of homes to the number of children," Potts said.

With the number of foster families growing in Greene County, Potts said there is a great need for equipment and clothing.

"As far as equipment that we need bedding," she said. "Bedding is definitely number one on our list that we're needing to have."

"Cribs that are not drop down side, it would include toddler beds and also twin size beds."

Potts said clothes can be dropped off at Butterfly Babies in Paragould. Bedding equipment or other large items can be taken down the road to a second location. She said when it comes to buying items for kids, the costs can get pretty steep.

"When foster families open they may take one child or they may take 5 children, that's the range," Potts said. "And when that happens, if you're trying to get beds for five kids that's really expensive."

"Sometimes when those kids come into care, they really have very little."

Potts said although bedding items are needed the most, they are always asking for clothing donations.  

"We ask for new or gently used clothing not just for babies, there are teenagers who are adult size," she said.

Potts said donating clothes and equipments do more than just ease family's financial burden.

"Our foster families need to feel support beyond even what we're giving them, they need to feel the support from the community," Potts said.

If anyone would like to donate any large items, Potts said they will come pick them up. You can contact her at 870-930-6372 or by email at christians4kids@gmail.com.

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