The Foster Care Council has opened Studio Thriftyfor the Kids, a non-profit, boutique-style store where foster parents can bring their foster children to shop for clothing and other basic necessities at no cost to the families. Studio Thriftyfor the Kids is located at Idle Hour Shopping Center on Richmond Road behind Penn Station. An Open House event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
Studio Thriftyfor the Kids is fully stocked with basic necessities for children, including new and gently used boys’ and girls’ clothing for infants up to 18-year-olds. The store has an inviting disco/skating rink theme that is colorful, chic and fun for kids of all ages. The atmosphere of the boutique was created to ensure the foster children have an enjoyable experience as they shop for clothing and necessities. The goal of Studio Thriftyfor the Kids is to provide a sense of normalcy to foster children by sending them home with basic needs to set them up for success.
“I could not be prouder of the community for stepping up and helping us make ‘Studio ThriftyFor the Kids’ boutique so amazing. The quality of clothing and shoe donations that we have already received has absolutely exceeded our expectations. The environment and feeling we strive to create for these awesome kiddos has come together beautifully; all because our community cares about putting smiles on these kids’ faces and raising their self-esteem. Dressing cool and feeling as ‘normal’ as possible during this traumatic time is the store’s mission. Offering this service for free helps take away the added stress foster parents already have trying to keep their kids properly clothed. There is a misconception that foster parents receive an abundance of money for clothing, but goodness we all know how fast kids grow and the expense that comes along with it.” said Cassie Slone, Executive Director of The Foster Care Council.
The Foster Care Council’s office is now located in the Studio Thriftyfor the Kids space. The Foster Care Council’s staff will operate the store with help from volunteers as needed to accept donations, clean, tag and inventory clothing and accessories. Shopping will be scheduled by appointment only to create a safe space where the staff can assist foster families and take care of each foster child’s individual needs. The shop will not be open to the public.
Donations are greatly appreciated. To schedule a donation drop-off please contact Lindy Hester, Director of Business Development for The Foster Care Council, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (859) 333-3527. Studio Thriftyfor the Kids has specific guidelines for donated items that will be accepted and placed in the store. Please ensure that your gently-used donations are high-quality: not ripped, stained, broken, or missing pieces.
- Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)
- New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)
- Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–10)
- Books (ages 0-12)
- Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies
- New hygiene supplies
- New towels and wash cloths (infant, toddler, and adult)
The Foster Care Council of LexKY is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2012 to provide funding for individualized tutoring, clothing, and enrichment activities to foster children in central Kentucky.