On Wednesday, November 14th, Thorndyke Elementary School’s annual C.A.R.E. Night (Clothes Are Really Expensive) gave out clothes and supplies to the District’s families. It drew hundreds of students and parents from across the District to the school’s gym and cafeteria looking for great clothes at an unbeatable price— free.
The event provided thousands of free clothes from thousands of dollars worth of store donations, to specialty items like rubber boots, blankets and school supplies for Tukwila School District students. With temperatures dropping, C.A.R.E. Nights, which are held throughout many of the District’s schools, brought relief for parents who were in need of warm clothing for their kids.
Satomi Oka, a parent of both Tukwila Elementary and Foster High School students said she looks forward to C.A.R.E. Night every year to get clothes for her growing boys.
“Clothes are so expensive. They wear it and then they grow out of it within a year,” Oka said. “Without C.A.R.E. Night, this would cost us a lot of money.” she said.
These important nights can’t take place without the help of the many Tukwila community volunteers and helpers from all over who come out to support and guide people to the clothes they are looking for. Some of the more than 40 volunteers for Thorndyke’s C.A.R.E. event were from Foster High School’s Key Club and others came as far away as Sammamish, Washington. Pine Lake Middle School from Sammamish came to the event with a 20' moving vehicle fully loaded with clothes.
Grace, who is in a leadership class at Pine Lake Middle School in the Issaquah School District said helping is important to her because it gives her perspective on what else happens beyond her city.
“I think that this is a really good opportunity for us to see that once you go outside of the area that we live in there’s a need in our community.” she said.
The next C.A.R.E. Night will take place December 13 at Foster High School from 5pm to 7pm.