September 2023

CTKD Provides 100,000th Wardrobe!

Clothes To Kids of Denver marked a significant milestone when we provided our 100,000th school wardrobe to a shopper visiting with the Denver South High School Newcomers on September 11, 2023. One hundred thousand wardrobes is equivalent to more than 2,000,000 items of new and quality used clothing and shoes!

And it’s not just about the clothes, explains Valerie Lunka, Clothes To Kids executive director. “Not having adequate school clothing can be a major barrier to school attendance and achievement,” she says, “and clothing that is badly worn or out-of-style can damage a child’s self-esteem and lead to bullying by other students. Our vision is that all students will have the clothing they need to feel comfortable, confident and prepared to thrive.”

This service milestone coincides with the 15th anniversary of our founding in September of 2008, and the need for quality school clothing has grown exponentially since then. Notably, it took ten years for us to reach the 50,000 wardrobe mark, but only five more years to double that number.

Yet quality of service is every bit as important as quantity at Clothes To Kids. Students and their families shop in a bright and cheerful boutique that is much like any clothing store, except the items have no price tags. “Regardless of the circumstances that bring students to us, our staff and volunteers ensure that families are treated with dignity and respect,” Lunka says.

Thank you to our team of volunteers, clothing donors and financial supporters for making this incredible milestone possible. We couldn't do it without you!

Thanks for a Great Blue Jean Bash!

More than 350 guests helped us celebrate our eighth annual Blue Jean Bash on September 8, 2023 at Mile High Station in Denver. Thanks to our sponsors, auction donors and those who gave in the special appeal, we raised $225,000 (and counting!) for Clothes To Kids of Denver. Special thanks to Band Kamp, Mary Valenti, Shannon McFarland, Tom Kimball and Paula Woodman for going above and beyond to make the evening so memorable!

We had an especially photogenic crowd this year, so be sure to also check out our Shutterfly Album to view and download photos from the event. Special thanks to our photographer Stan Obert for his lovely images!

Cheers to our Blue Jean Bash Committee!

Rosy Arnold

Catherine Bowman

Camille Cox

Jill Harris Jordan

Valerie Lunka

Julie Matuszewski

Kat McLennan

Joyce Meyers

Mary Overington

Susan Pederson

Nichole Prince

Ronna Tuteur

Paula Woodman

Jenn Zucker

Donation Hours Extended

We are now accepting clothing donations Tuesday - Saturday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. To donate, gather your clean and ready-to-wear items. Check our updated Clothing & Shoe Donation page for ideas.

Sharing the Love

Our friend Max is an incredible volunteer, who comes in nearly every Friday to help us sort, organize and restock our boutique. He recently helped us make creative displays to show off some of the University of Denver gear we received. Thank you, Max!

Members of the Colorado Parrot Head Club collected lots of new shoes, clothes and a big check for Clothes To Kids of Denver at the "Party with a Purpose" last month. Special thanks to Trish Rompies (pictured here) for delivering everything to our shop.

We are so fortunate to have the generous support of United Airlines. They partner with us in many ways, and recently their team delivered 500 brand new backpacks for our shoppers. Thank you for making back-to-school shopping extra fun for our students!

RYCH Electric to the rescue…again! The new lights they donated and expertly installed earlier this summer needed some adjusting after our ceiling was painted. Their team was all over it, and we were able to keep serving shoppers with no interruption.

This generous and talented knitter brought in our first batch of winter hats and scarves of the season earlier this month. Even in this hot weather, we are always looking ahead to the cold months of the year!

We had two awesome volunteer groups from Cimarron Inc. They worked hard and did everything from cleaning and organizing to hanging and tagging. They could not have come at a better time - right at the end of August, which turned out to be our busiest month in the history of Clothes To Kids (1,353 shoppers served)!

The Last Rodeo Band had a big gig at Globe Hall and asked everyone to bring a pair of shoes. They had an amazing concert and collected 50 pairs of shoes for our shoppers!

Liberty Media just wrapped up their annual back-to-school drive, and it was a HUGE success! They collected 100 pairs of new shoes and 750 pairs of new socks and undies, 45 backpacks, plus a whopping $2,700 in gifts that will be doubled by Liberty’s generous matching program. Thank you for helping so many of our students put their best foot forward.


Clothes To Kids of Denver provides new and quality used clothing in a boutique setting to students from low-income or in-crisis families in the Denver Metro area.

Since 2008 Clothes To Kids has provided more than 100,000 school wardrobes to students in need, completely free of charge. Please join us in celebrating our accomplishments and help ensure our continued success in the future. Visit us online at or call 720-379-4630.

Take a look inside our boutique, and see how Clothes To Kids changes the lives of deserving students:


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