Welcome Back to School

Getting ready for the school year?  Our closet will be open Monday thru Wednesday, August 9-11, from 5pm to 7pm for clothing shopping only.  We will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, August 12.  We will be open every Thursday evening thereafter from 5pm to 7pm. 

To update our records, we kindly ask that you fill out a new registration sheet on your first visit this school year.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Prom Boutique

Get ready for the Prom!  We have gowns, tuxedos, suits, separates, and shoes for you.  We'll be focusing on serving teens headed to the Prom all through April.  Please drop by our closet on Thursday evenings from 3:00pm-5:00pm on either April 8th, 16th, 22nd, or 29th, and we'll hook you up!  You can learn more by clicking here.

A Special Christmas "Gift Away"

Kids Needs opened our closet for a special Christmas Giving opportunity this past holiday season.  We are thankful for the several community organizations that provided a great deal of support for this effort and for our ongoing operations.  We received donations from Rotonda Elks Lodge 2710, the Lemon Bay High School Key Club, the United Methodist Church of Boca Grande, the residents of the Pines of Sandal Haven, and the Women of Windward. 

During the event we assisted 383 children from 161 families and are so grateful for the community support that makes such generosity possible.  You can check out photos from the event by clicking here.

Our Closet Re-opens with Special Requests

Like so much of our community, Kids Needs closed our closet due to the corona virus. With improving circumstances, we re-opened the closet on Thursday, September 3, 2020 with regular hours.  We will be open every Thursday evening from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  We do have some special requests during this first phase of re-opening:

  • masks are required while visiting

  • only three persons in the closet at one time

  • please practice social distancing

  • please observe a 15-minute time limit per family

  • no children under 10 will be allowed

We will provide entertainment (TV & DVDs) for children under 10 waiting at the entrance.  For more information, click here.

2020 Golf Tournament Cancelled

Given the current state of corona virus lockdown nation-wide, we have decided to cancel our fund-raising golf tournament for 2020.  As of this time, we do not expect the tournament to be held at all during 2020 but instead will schedule it for April 10, 2021.   It will still be held at Oyster Creek Golf and Country Club, will be a four-ball scramble with a shotgun start at 8:00 AM.  Entry fee is $50 per golfer and corporate sponsorships are also available. All proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit Kids' Needs, providing clothing, school supplies, toiletries, and educational programs to children in the greater Englewood community.

If you have signed up to play in the 2020 tournament as originally scheduled for April, please click here to read a message concerning your options.  Thank you for your support.

Kids Needs Supported The Back To School Bash Once Again

As is our tradition, Kids Needs was a sponsor of the annual Back to School Bash.  Held every August and supported by many area charities and businesses, the Bash provides clothing and school supplies to local children in preparation for the upcoming school year. This year, we were very pleased to provide 450 pairs of sneakers along with socks, underwear, and other clothing.  You may view photos from the event by clicking here.

Ninth Annual Golf Tournament Fund Raiser A Great Success

Once again, our annual fund raiser was well-supported by area golfers.  The tournament was held on April 13, 2019, at Oyster Creek Golf Club and we raised over several thousand dollars for the benefit of needy children in our community.  Our heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to our success and to Denny Burnham and his staff at Oyster Creek.  You may view photos from the event by clicking here.

Scholarship Winners Announced

As we typically do, Kids' Needs recently awarded two scholarships of $1,000 each to two graduating seniors.  This year's honorees were Kayla Mason and Jennifer Simpson, pictured below with Kids' Needs board member Leslie Edwards.

New this year, we also awarded a $1,000 scholarship in the name of Marcia Louden to honor her role in establishing our organization.  Pictured below with Marcia is our first recipient, Kevin Avendano.  Congratulations to all our winners and best of luck as your pursue your dreams!

Marcia Louden Honored

Marcia, the former principal of LA Ainger Middle School, is one of our founding members, and as such she deserves recognition for our success in the community.  Marcia has retired from our Board of Directors but her contributions to our organization over the years cannot be overstated.  To recognize that achievement, and to honor her involvement from our beginning, Kids' Needs has established a perpetual scholarship fund in Marcia's name. 

Each year, we award two scholarships to graduating seniors and that practice will continue.  From now on, however, there will be a third scholarship awarded in Marcia's name.  We surprised Marcia with this award at our recent picnic honoring our volunteers.  Pictured below are Marcia and Chuck Dever.  Chuck is the husband of our founder, Ann Dever, and has remained active in our charity.