Clothing banks help hundreds

The Donald Loomis Memorial Clothing Bank in Buckley and the Enumclaw School District’s clothing bank are scheduling back-to-school shopping appointments for late August.

Both clothing banks give away free clothing and other items to those in need who live within the White River, Carbonado and Enumclaw districts.

The Donald Loomis Memorial Clothing Bank in Buckley is behind Glacier Middle School.

Last year, the Buckley clothing bank helped more than 475 people, infants to adults.

The nonprofit clothing bank, named to honor the memory of founder Sheila Smith’s dad, helps kids start the school year, and continue through the year, with nice, stylish clothes, warm coats, new socks and underwear as well as school supplies, backpacks and haircuts.

The clothing bank has been a fixture in Buckley since 1995.

Smith is also running the Enumclaw School District’s clothing bank, which operates at the former J.J. Smith Elementary School, 1640 Fell St.

The Enumclaw clothing bank saw a tremendous increase in users this past year, helping 1,400 people in the area, up from 900.

Shoppers, at either location, must call for an appointment. Those living in the White River and Carbonado school districts can contact Smith at 253-740-1367. In Enumclaw, shoppers should call Rosie at 360-802-3707.

Donations of clean, reusable clothing are always needed at both locations, as well as volunteers. For information, contact either Sheila or Rosie at the above phone numbers.