It is the mission of the Kids Kloset to help children in the local community who need clean, “gently worn” clothing items, thereby enhancing their self-esteem and improving their quality of life in our community.
The Kids Kloset is located at the Hooksett Town Offices at 35 Main St. in Hooksett Village. There is a separate entrance on the driveway side of the building. The Kloset is open only during designated hours. Please park in the front of the building.
Hours of Operation
The Kids Kloset is open as follows:
How to Obtain Clothing
The Kids Kloset is currently open to help any child in Hooksett who needs clean school/play clothes. All families are treated with respect and privacy regardless of their personal situation. Community and Kiwanis volunteers host clients during the open hours or by appointment. Referrals are not required. The monthly open house is typically the first Monday of each month from 6:00PM - 7:30PM. Presently, open house reminders are sent to those on a monthly mailing list.
Please call the Hooksett Department of Family Services at 485-8769 to make an appointment if it is an emergency. To be added to our mailing list please email the Kids Kloset at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and Postal mailing address. The mailing list is currently used as clothing at the Kids Kloset are limited by donations and it is not a large scale operation.
Grants and cash donations are not solicited regularly but would be welcomed. Limited requests are made for special events, such as “Back to School” month in August. Salvation Army donations have allowed us to purchase new socks and underwear for children. Cash and in-kind donations in the past have allowed this to be expanded to include backpacks and school supplies. Grants are used exclusively to purchase clothes or needed items for special seasonal events. Checks may be made payable to “Hooksett Kiwanis Foundation Inc.", noted for “Kids Kloset”, and mailed to Hooksett Kiwanis, PO 16443, Hooksett NH 03106. Donations are tax deductible, with receipts provided upon request.
Children’s new or used clothes are appreciated. They must be clean, as we have no laundering facilities.
The Kids Kloset began by focusing on the needs of school-aged children. This included young children through young adults. Usable clothing includes -jeans, shirts, tops, dresses, clean shoes and boots, jackets, ski pants, etc.
Infant and baby clothes are also accepted, as there may be other children in the family. Usable items include outfits, formula, diapers, etc.
No baby equipment can be accepted due to unknown recalls and safety issues. This includes NO strollers, jumpers, bassinettes, cribs, car seats, etc.
Due to limited storage we accept adult clothes only if they fit a teen. All other adult clothing is passed along to other needy agencies.
Children’s plastic clothes hangers are always needed and welcomed.
Places to Drop off Donations
Donated items may be dropped off at the Hooksett Municipal Building (labeled bin inside entrance in rear).
Emergency or Need: Department of Family Services, Joy Buzzell at 485-8769
Program questions or suggestions: Joan McDonald at 666-7170 or by email at email@example.com.
The Hooksett Kiwanis Kids Closet started in May 2004. The Hooksett Emergency Relief Committee (HERC) and the Salvation Army met with Deb Liebel, Kiwanis member and brought to light that there is an important need in Hooksett for good used children’s clothing. Community organizations were seeking a partnership with Hooksett Kiwanis, where Kiwanis would assume responsibility for establishing the program, setting up collection stations, picking up clothing periodically, cleaning if needed, and storing the clothing.
Agencies involved were HERC, Hooksett Human Services (now Department of Family Services), Salvation Army and the Hooksett PTA. Agency representatives would be responsible for getting the clothing to the contact person. Many times the need arose through a school contact.
The Kids Closet is not open to the public and is not meant to be a thrift store program. The purpose is to collect clothes and essential items that can be readily accessible when a child is in need.
The Kiwanis Board of Directors voted to support the new project, which was to be known as the Hooksett Kiwanis Kids Closet, operating under the newly established 501C3 charitable foundation. Deb Liebel chaired the committee and worked with the other agencies to launch this project. Collection points were designated, and the clothes were sorted and stored through donated space at the Great West Trading Company and their nearby property.
In January 2008 the Kids Kloset was relocated to its current location, the Hooksett Village School, now the Hooksett Town Offices. This space provides a display room as well as a sort room. Volunteers cleaned, painted walls and shelves, and helped to move and hang the clothes. This expanded space allowed the Kloset to handle additional clothing, as well as to store seasonal clothing. This move was made possible with the cooperation of the Town of Hooksett, Hooksett Kiwanis, and volunteers.
Whether you have kids clothes and items to donate or need “gently worn” clothing for your children we hope you will consider the Kiwanis Kid’s Kloset. If you would like to make a cash or in-kind donation to the Kid’s Kloset at any time, to help provide clean clothes for children in need at no cost to the family, please contact us or use the address listed above.