When longtime Jefferson County Public Schools volunteer Nancy Hoffmaster surveyed school principals in the district in 1996, she learned something troublesome — at least 500 children didn’t have …
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Serving Kids provides clothing to children in Jefferson County Public Schools. The organization was started when founder Nancy Hoffmaster discovered how many local children didn’t have a winter jacket. Serving Kids provided over 25,000 pieces of clothing to 1,305 students this school year. If you wish to volunteer, or donate to Serving Kids, call 303-982-2225.
When longtime Jefferson County Public Schools volunteer Nancy Hoffmaster surveyed school principals in the district in 1996, she learned something troublesome — at least 500 children didn’t have a winter jacket.
Poverty is still an issue that plagues some students in Jefferson County Public Schools. Around 30 percent of the school district’s students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, according to the Colorado Department of Education.
That’s why the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club, a group that develops projects to address critical issues, sees the work that Serving Kids, founded by Hoffmaster, as being so vital. Serving Kids provides students clothing, and it received a vita donation from the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club on April 2.
At Devinny Elementary School in Lakewood, the Rotary club pledged to donate a minimum of $1,000 each year to the Serving Kids program. So far this school year, Serving Kids has helped 1,305 students by providing over 25,000 pieces of clothing like new socks and underwear, and used clothes from drives and thrift stores.
“We spend probably around $15,000 a year, and we are dependent on this kind of a gift to keep at it. If we didn’t get (the donation), the program would shut down,” said Hoffmaster. “The world sustainable is very important to us, and that makes us think the program will continue.”
The club is planning on hosting a fundraiser for Serving Kids in July at the Melting Pot in Littleton.
“It’s very hard to learn if you are hungry, if you are ill clothed, or if you don’t have a place to sleep. The ability to help (Serving Kids) help these children and to ability to give makes a world of difference to us,” said Diana Huffman, a member of the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club.
Serving Kids stays afloat from donations of money and clothing. If you wish to volunteer with Serving Kids, or to donate, call 303-982-2225.
“(Serving Kids) is a way to give back to Jeffco Public Schools, and it’s a way to stay connected, and it’s a way to fill,” said Karen Cravens, a member of Serving Kids. “That’s what we all need to do. When you see something that needs fixing, fix it.”
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