We are always very lucky in the support we get with clothes. We regularly receive donated clothes, and are really delighted when we open up a bag and smell the fresh laundry and start to un-wrap the children’s clothes. As we sort through them and put them into boys and girls piles and separate them by age we are always going though the children thinking, 'oh, Jyoti would look lovely in this or that would be great on Kumar etc'. We also get quite a few items that aren’t our children’s sizes, the children we help are aged from 6 Years to 18 years and they are generally small and slim for their age. We get some super cute baby clothes and toddlers and hand them out when we have a good collection. The majority of the clothes we get are adult sizes, and some of the bigger students do take a few; other items are given to other charities and the remaining are up-cycled into pencil cases, bags etc.
One thing I must say though is please do not send torn, dirty clothing as even though the families we help are poor they still want to look good, as anyone would.
We have recently been given some beautiful clothes from Sheila from Delhi who manufactures clothes for retail shops in the UK and with each shipment she has a few extras and these quickly add up, so Sheila has recently delivered our first 'lot' of clothes. They are stunning, very western in style so not really suitable for the mothers we help, but the older girls love them and Sheila has said that they can be used to generate donations, we have already had a couple of locals who have donated towards a few and there is a great selection still available. Obviously the children get first choice and they love checking out new clothes. But sadly most are just that little bit too big for them.