SAN LUIS OBISPO – Children in need in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties will be able to get much needed clothing and school supplies thanks to the new Traveling Children’s Closet program announced today (Aug. 3).
The free mobile outreach program was created by the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast. PG&E donated $25,000 to help the group purchase the truck and trailer that will move the Children’s Closet around the area.
Over the last several weeks, PG&E employees have donated hundreds of clothing items to the program to help children in need. The Traveling Children’s Closet will visit farm fields and neighborhoods. Children will be able to tour the brightly decorated trailer where they will be able to “shop” for their needs, walking through to pick out shoes, pants, shirts, dresses and underwear.
At today’s ribbon cutting at the Home Depot on Froom Ranch Road, speakers included state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian; Dr. Julian Crocker, the superintendent of schools for San Luis Obispo County; and County Supervisor Paul Teixeira. The truck and trailer also were on display.
“I want people to think of this truck as the ice cream truck, to be happy to see it coming,” said Lisa Ray of the Children’s Resource Network. Having new clothes and supplies will help the students feel proud at school, she said.
Tom Jones, a PG&E government relations director, joined the other speakers in applauding Ray, who worked tirelessly to make the Children’s Closet and a Teen Closet a reality.
At the ceremony, Jones accepted a Certificate of Recognition from Assemblyman Achadjian in recognition of PG&E’s donation of the truck to the Children’s Resource Network.