The fifth annual Clothe-A-Thon to provide new and used serviceable clothing for underprivileged school-age children will be held this Saturday.
The program, which is sponsored by the non-profit D.C. Council on Clothing for Kids, Inc. and WJLA-TV, will be broadcast on Channel 7 Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Throughout the program monetary pledges will be solicited "to provide clothing for needy children in order to help them to remain in school and to participate in school activities," according to Annette C. Reid, president of the all-volunteer clothing council. The clothing is available to children in the entire metropolitan area.
While the Clothe-A-Thon is being aired, people can also bring new and used serviceable clothing to the Seven Corners Shopping Center in Virginia.
The clothing is distributed at The Children's Boutique, a six-room house converted into a store-like setting at 2728 Sherman Ave. NW. Parents can get clothing for their children at the boutique if they have a referral or letter "from any legitimate agency or organization in the metropolitan area," Reid said. Schools and welfare agencies provide most of the referrals.
Parents who are interested in getting free clothing for their kids can get letters from agencies and call the boutique at 232-0700 for an appointment.The boutique is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.