Nevada City, Calif.August 6, 2020 – Responding to the ongoing demand of local children still in need of clothes for the new school year, The Karing Closet of Nevada County is hosting a free ‘Growth Spurt Grab Bag Give Away’ this Saturday, August 8th from 9am – 11am. The event will be held in the Telestream parking lot, 848 Gold Flat Rd. in Nevada City and is free to the public. Those with children are welcome to pick up presorted, presized grab bags of gently used children’s clothing and shoes in sizes Newborn to Teens.

The Karing Closet’s ‘Growth Spurt Grab Bag Give Away’ is joined by local teachers volunteering to help with this safe, contactless bag distribution, as well as making in-person connections with students. This is a first come, first serve event, and no holds can be made. Children need not be present to receive clothing grab bags.

Unfortunately, no donations are being accepted at this time. The volunteer staff will be masked, gloved and the whole event will be contactless.

About Karing Closet

The Karing Closet of Nevada County is a free to use, community-supported clothing closet for foster children and families in need. Created in 2010 out of a desire to assist with those who can foster children. The program is grassroots, home-based, registered with Connecting Point 2-1-1. Local non-profit organizations text the Karing Closet requesting size and gender preference and those bagged items are dropped off to the requesting party. The program serves approximately 500 kids per year and there are no application fees.

About Kari Stehmeyer

Kari Stehmeyer is the Creator and Director of The Karing Closet of Nevada County. She launched this home-based charity in 2008 and to date has clothed more than 500 kids each year in Nevada County for free. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Davis, and graduated at the top of her class from Burlington College in Vermont with an ABA-Accredited certificate in Paralegal Studies. She is currently enrolled full time with Western Governors’ University and is working on her Master’s in Secondary English Education. Here in California, she has served as the lead for Nevada Union’s Choir Booster President, a Nevada Union Cheer Team Mom, a Vestry member at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, a RAKE event organizer, a steering team member of the Love In Nevada County, and volunteers her time with various school and civic programs, particularly in the aftermath of local disaster. She just wrapped up her fourth year as a Gold Country YMCA Advisory Board member, and is a preferred substitute for schools across four districts; she also teaches sold out enrichment classes in the Nevada City School District. In 2018 she was on special assignment with the Nevada Joint Union High School District’s Scholarship Office. Last year, Kari was appointed by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to the Nevada County Adult and Family Services Commission, the transition team for FEMA, and the Cal Force Free Health clinic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. She was also a 2020 nominee for the 49er Rotary as the Community Volunteer of the Year.