“Klothing Kids started after we saw a mother struggling because of the challenges she had to face with her sick daughter,” said Steven’s Hope for Children co-founder, Sandy Cappelli.

Nichelle had a beautiful happy three year old daughter that had a laugh as big as Texas. But, Alonni had brain cancer. After all options for treatment were exhausted, Nichelle prepared for a few more months with her daughter.

What she didn’t prepare for was the effects all the medicines had on Alonni. In about 4 months, the little girl with the big laugh grew from a size 4 to a size 14.

Sandy remembered hearing that Nichelle couldn’t afford to buy clothes for her girl who was growing bigger at a very quick pace.  “Our hearts were breaking for her. She had one outfit for Alonni and she was washing it by hand every night.  We knew we had to do something. That something was Klothing Kids.”

“We had the inventory in the Children’s Boutiques stores.  But we faced a problem: the inventory sold was designed to generate revenue to support the programs and operations of Steven’s Hope.  If we gave away our inventory, it would be great for the families but not for keeping other programs alive,” said Steven’s Hope President, Tony Cappelli. “We then created a way for local business to support the program by accepting $1 donations from their customers for colorful Klothing Kid images.  We then take 100% of those sales and turn those into Klothing Kids Gift cards.  The cards are then distributed to social workers at various hospitals throughout the Inland Empire, who in turn give them to the families that need good clothing for their sick child and their siblings.”

There is a growing number of businesses that have become Klothing Kids Partners inUpland and surrounding areas including:

The Klothing Kids Project has also received funding in the form of grants. One for $1750 from The Creag Foundation and the W.H.O. Foundation (Women Helping Others) for $4,800.

Over 100 families have benefited from this program since the project’s inception. “Our goal is to provide $2000 per month in assistance to the families,” said Sandy Cappelli.  That should go a long way with the low prices of quality merchandise in the Children’s Boutiques.

“We don’t want these great families to feel that they have to face these difficult times alone.” According to Tony Cappelli, “We see their needs and the obstacles they face every day.  We’re trying to take those obstacles away from them one by one. The Klothing Kids Project helps to take one away.”