Kiwanis Club helps children buy clothes

Hannah Grover
Emily Racine, right, shops for clothes with her mother Tearra Racine and sister Kelsee Racine Wednesday at Target in Farmington.

FARMINGTON – More than 100 children received clothes during the first day of Rio del Sol Kiwanis Club’s Clothes for Kids event Wednesday evening at Target.

The Clothes for Kids program, which is sponsored by The Daily Times, provides families with $100 worth of clothes per child. The families are chosen by schools and identified as children most in need.

The Rio del Sol Kiwanis Club then sent out invitations to the families. This year, 340 children were invited to attend over the two-day period.

Decklyn McQuerry picks out a pair of boots Wednesday while shopping at Target in Farmington.

In addition to being invited to shop at Target, the 340 children and their families will be able to select coats during an event from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the fire station at the bottom of Harper Hill.

Paul McQueary, a Kiwanis member,said he expects the majority of the families invited will participate in the program.

“I don’t know why they wouldn’t,” he said. “It’s $100 apiece.”

While the shopping started at 5:30 p.m., families arrived to line up more than an hour early.

Tara Racine said last year most of the clothing had already been taken by the time she and her family got there, so they decided to arrive early.

This year, that was not a problem for the two families who stood at the front of the line waiting to get their clothes.

Amber Haddon, left, helps her son Daniel Haddon look for clothes with help from volunteer Tonya Bluehouse Wednesday at Target in Farmington.

After being paired with a volunteer, the families started shopping.

“They’re professional shoppers,” Racine commented as her daughters, Emily and Kelsee, looked at clothes in the "Buy one, get one 50 percent off" rack.

The children and their parents were excited about the new clothes.

Bob Brooks gives last-minute instructions to volunteers Wednesday during the Clothes for Kids event at Target in Farmington.

“Basically, it just helps them get nicer clothes than they usually wear,” Evelyn Dobey said as her sons, Tristan Dobey and Decklyn McQuerry, tried on shoes.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.