Local clothing bank supplies running dry

Posted at: 11/30/2012 5:10 PM
Updated at: 11/30/2012 5:41 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The need for clothes to keep Albuquerque children warm this winter is growing significantly. Unfortunately, a local charity filling that need is running out of clothes to give.

It’s getting to the point that the Bernalillo County Council PTA is having to turn some children away.

"It's heartbreaking,” said director Kim Kerschen. “It just comes down to it's just completely heartbreaking to tell a child: I'm sorry I don't have your size of shoe."

If you’re standing in the donations room, it may look like a lot, but if you look closely you’ll see it’s not enough to handle an influx of Albuquerque children in need.

"The look in their eyes, such disappointment because they come expecting finally I'm going to have clothes that fit me you know, that don't have holes,” said Kerschen.

Kerschen says donations, both in clothes and money, have been down significantly in the past three weeks. But the need is only growing with 200 more students to provide for than they had last year.

Kerschen says 30 to 40 children come to the clothing bank for help everyday.

"So we're ending up with this pickle of not enough donations and more kids," she said.

The PTA Clothing Bank serves public and charter schools in Albuquerque. But Kerschen says even schools don’t have money to give.

"That’s a little scary to us that typically by this point we have 50 to 60 schools that have given us a donation and right now we have five," she said.

With the winter months ahead, she’s making a plea to the community.

"If you have some shirts that your kids aren't wearing that in the closet, they're still in good condition, we want them. Jeans, we want them," she said. "If you can send us a check for $20 - $25, that's wonderful too."

The PTA Clothing Banks accepts new and gently used clothing for students kindergarten to 12th grade. The organization is located at 1730 University Boulevard SE Albuquerque. (505) 344-7481