The Kids Kloset offers new clothing, toiletries

Trish Lukert picks up a metal donation box that was donated by Schenck Process. Pictured with her is Gary Meyer.

What started out as one woman offering a small closet at Sabetha Elementary School, for children, has now come full circle and involves the whole community.

Trish Lukert has been keeping the closet at SES, using her own funds to fill the closet with the necessities for children — coats, clothes and shoes, just to name a few things.

With the demand of more children and families needing help, Lukert reached out to the community for assistance. Little did she know how much help she would receive. This is when Kim Rettele entered the picture.

The two began looking for a new location, so that the closet could be moved out of Lukert’s home and into a public location. After contacting Bill Shroyer, assistant city administrator, a location was found within the Midtown Building.

With a new home for the items, The Kids Kloset had begun. The Kloset is working with not only SES, but Sabetha Middle School and Sabetha High School, supplying children with clothing as well as toiletries. The principals, counselors, teachers and any staff members may contact Lukert or Rettele for assistance.

Local churches also are being contacted regarding offering services to children in need. The main goal is to service the children and keep the meeting discreet.

What makes The Kids Kloset special is that we strive to have brand new — or gently used — items for the kids. As we all know, any child would love to have something new to wear, and some families do not have the opportunity to give their children these things.

After being approached by Neighbor-2-Neighbor, The Kids Kloset has joined underneath N2N which makes gifts to the organization tax deductible. The Kids Kloset accepts gifts of new or gently used clothing, new toiletries, cash, checks and gift cards.

Metal donation boxes were made by Schenck Process, and are at the following locations: City of Sabetha Office, inside the south door of the Midtown Building. Donation boxes also are located at Char-Mae, 1005 Salon, Sabetha Health Mart, United Bank and Trust, and Morrill and Janes Bank.

If interesting in giving or receiving, contact Trish Lukert at 785-285-1031, or Kim Rettele at 785-285-0835.

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