The Children’s Clothing Center of Delaware County was established in 1982 by a group of church ladies. We were incorporated in 1983 and opened in the IOOF Building downtown in Muncie. In 1985, the Muncie Community Schools provided us a space and we moved into a basement furnace room at Wilson Middle School. In 1994, when Wilson School moved to their new location, far from the inner city, we relocated to the Trinity Community Services Building (old St. Lawrence School Building) on East Charles Street. Now, we are located in the County Building at 100 W. Main Street Room 301 in downtown Muncie, Indiana.
We exist to serve the clothing needs of children in Muncie and Delaware county schools by providing to families in need–at no cost–donated new and gently used clothing from organizations and individuals. The Children’s Clothing Center is a free source of clothing for pre-school and K-12 school children. We serve the neediest students in Delaware County. This program impacts positive change to the education of children in our community. Children are more likely to attend school if they have warm, suitable clothing to wear.
Pre-school and K-12 students are referred by school principals, school nurses, the Center Township Trustee, Head Start, A Better Way, and the YWCA. Last year, we served children from all Muncie City Schools and from eight Delaware County Schools.
Seven Pairs/Seven Days
Since 1983, the Children’s Clothing Center has provided basic clothing to meet the needs of school children in Delaware County. Grant funding allowed us to purchase an initial inventory of boys and girls new underwear, tee shirts, and socks in sizes 4T to XXL.
Due to health regulations, we do not distribute used undergarments. Two times during the school year, each child can receive a set of new undergarments. A set includes; 7 pairs of briefs or panties, 7 pairs of socks, 1 pair of new jeans, and a tee shirt. This number of items and total cost can be quite substantial for a family with several children. In addition, families can shop monthly for used clothing at our center.