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Communities in Schools Accepting Donations After Devastating Fire

Afire at an Auburn Way North storage facility on July 11 destroyed thousands of items donated to Communities in Schools (CIS) of Auburn.  The donations would have benefitted hundreds of school-age children in need of clothing, school supplies and other items.

Throughout the week, Marsha Medgard of Green River's Womens Programs will be collecting items listed below (in NEW or gently used condition) appropriate for children ages 5-18.

  • Over 900 pairs of NEW children's sneakers
  • Men's & Women's Suit Jackets (used or new)
  • Men's & Women's Slacks (new)
  • Men's & Women's Dress Shoes (new or used)
  • Women's Dresses
  • Men's & Women's Shirts, Sweaters, Belts, Ties, Etc.
  • Children's clothing (boys & girls)
  • Books (check with Arlene about which ones are needed)
  • Toys
  • Auction supplies (clipboards, baskets, bags, gift wrap, tissue paper, tape, staplers, scissors, etc.)
  • Diapers
  • Clothing Racks, plastic storage bins, metal shelving, etc.
Volunteers moving items into storage unit before the fire.
Volunteers move items into the storage unit before the fire.

The CIS storage unit after the fire.
The CIS storage unit after the fire.

If you are able to assist in any way possible to help CIS replace the destroyed items, it would be greatly appreciated by many.

Please contact Marsha Medgard to donate items on campus or you can reach CIS directly by calling Executive Director Arlene Pierini at (253) 288-7659 or via email.

Communities In Schools is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. In over 200 communities across 27 states.  Last year they tutored 247 students, and helped 5,983 students throughout the Auburn school district with school supplies, clothing, shoes and grooming aids.

To learn more about CIS visit their website or watch this great video.