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    VBy Tracy Peters
olunteering as a court appointed
special advocate, CASA, Cathy
Hamilton witnessed too many children not having enough clothes. Foster kids are having to wear used apparel and most of the time the wrong size, for shoes as well. After watching children dig through
boxes for decent clothing, Hamilton knew she needed to step up.
Hamilton did excessive networking and researching. She communicated with The Hanger CEO in Colorado and worked with Threads for Teens in California. Hamilton’s Facebook page raised $2,500. After much
preparation, San Antonio Threads became a “501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing brand new clothes and accessories for referred and at-risk teens in the San Antonio area.” Hamilton gives thanks to her first support, longtime friend, Bridget Peterson, who donated new merchandise and monetary funds.
San Antonio Threads started in August 2016, first using her garage as her storage facility, and eventually moving to a much- needed donated space. The San Antonio facility is located at 10446 Sentinel Street. Hamilton’s Austin Threads opened a year and a half ago, and Houston Threads opened last year. Depending on funding, Hamilton would like to keep expanding to reach as many children in need as possible. Her Threads in Schools program will be focused in title one schools.
The process starts by an agency, school staff, social worker, or pastor filling out a form on San Antonio Threads’ website for a referral of a teen in need, typically ages range from 12-21. San Antonio Threads’ staff responds to every inquiry quickly. If the child qualifies, he/she is then scheduled to come in (by appointment only) for a VIP complimentary shopping experience. Many of these kids are used to wearing hand-me- downs their whole life, so the VIP shopping experience is like being at the mall, brand new clothing and accessories to choose from with stylists and fitting rooms!
San Antonio Threads: Clothes Teens In Need
Help Support A Great Cause
 With thousands of kids in need, 500+ youth are served monthly and 1,000+ served during peak months, August and Holidays. San Antonio Threads accepts new donations of clothing, undergarments, and hygiene products. Items that are in current need are socks, underwear, brushes, and backpacks.
The Second Annual Turquoise Gala with musical performance by Sugar Ray is August 13th. The Second Annual Golf Tournament is October 1st. Tickets and other San Antonio Threads information can be found on their Facebook page at www. Facebook.com/4ourteens and website www.SanAntonioThreads.org . They can also be reached at 210-600-3989.
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