CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A non-profit group is at risk after losing its work space.
His Kid’s Closet gives children’s clothes, toys and household items to families in need. It had been operating out of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s WIC center until the health department recently stopped offering the space.
The non-profit says the reason why is a bit unclear. Leaders got an email from the health department saying His Kid’s Closet would no longer be able to use the room without any notice and effective immediately. The email further explained the issue was with “inconsistent volunteers.”
His Kid’s Closet says it had been struggling with staffing because many of those volunteers are UI students who go home for breaks.
The non-profit said when it went to go check on the room and inventory at the health department, it had already been cleared out. They say this puts a big strain on the dozens of families who rely on them weekly.
“The big concern for [families] is the walk-in, the availability for them to go in and pick out their own clothing for their children. It’s a lot different than 5 or 6 volunteers sitting around and picking out clothes for your kids,” says volunteer Colleen Dorsla. “You get to pick what you want your child to wear is now taken away.”
His Kid’s Closet says people can still reach out via its Facebook page for items for pick-up, but say it’s not the same as a designated distribution center. They are now looking for another location to offer space like a church, school, or food pantry.
If you are in need of items or know of a potential space, you can email His Kid’s Closet coordinator at Kristian.Sargeant@yahoo.com.