Modified: August 2, 2019 10:16am
Tonawanda, NY – Since 2013, the KenTon Closet non-profit organization has worked diligently to supply needy children with many daily living staples including school supplies, clothing, and toiletries. The organization is volunteer run and has multiple local drop-off sites. Originally an off shoot of the Kenmore-Tonawanda school district’s Parent Teacher Association, the Closet operated out of a space in the Sheridan Parkside Building for six years. The organization re-opened in a renovated and improved space designed to better help support students and families.
In the 2019 Erie County Budget, Legislator Kevin Hardwick, who represents part of the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore, and former Legislator Peter Savage secured $14,000 in Erie County funding to help the KenTon Closet continue their mission of providing students the material supports to make their educational experience a success.
Ken-Ton Closet founder and Executive Director, Dr. Jill O’Malley, stated, “The Ken-Ton Closet would not be where it is today without the tremendous support from Legislator Kevin Hardwick and former Legislator Peter Savage. Both gentlemen have listened carefully to our needs and have shown true interest in our mission. The funding provided by our County Legislators has allowed us to overcome immediate challenges for our children in need and has ensured the growth of our organization in ways we could never achieve on our own. This investment assures continuity of our existing programs for the next year and will allow us to adjust to the changing needs of those we serve. We are grateful for this assistance and look forward to opportunities to collaborate in the future.”
“My wife and I are both educators. We understand the difference it makes when a student doesn’t have to worry about what they are going to wear or how they will have the supplies to complete an important project. I believe Erie County should support endeavors that help our children flourish. I’m grateful for the work that Jill O’Malley and the KenTon Closet continue to do for the youth in our community, and I was honored to be invited to the ribbon cutting” said Legislator Hardwick.
For more information on donating or volunteering with the KenTon closet, please visit their website at www.kentoncloset.org. A registration form can also be found online if you are in need of assistance. The KenTon Closet maintains an Amazon Wish List for those who would like to donate certain supplies via Amazon.