Poke & Peek Giving Away Free School Clothes to Needy Kids

The Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual "Klothes for Kids" event—just in time for the start of school.

On Friday and Saturday, August 8-9, the Poke & Peek Thrift Shop is giving away free school clothes to local students.

Area families are invited to stop by and choose two outfits per day for each school-age child—completely free of charge.

"We'll keep going until all our supplies are gone," said Joe Gough, a member of the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary, who chairs the yearly giveaway.

"And if you have clothing donations to make," he said, "now's the time! Help us help area families in need."

Gough said the Auxiliary came up with the idea for the freebie event in an effort to provide support for local families. "It's so tough these days to take care of a family," he said. "This was definitely one way we could help area kids start out the school year right."

The Poke & Peek is the sole source of income for the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary, an all-volunteer organization whose members are distinguished by their pink coats.

The "pink ladies" and their gentlemen counterparts provide service in the various departments at Humboldt General Hospital as well as at the Poke & Peek where volunteers sort, price, display and sell clothing, toys, books and household items.

With its profits from the thrift shop, the Auxiliary is able to purchase equipment for Humboldt General Hospital. Plus, the Poke & Peek donates clothing and other goods during emergencies, such as fires and auto wrecks, as well as aids the Winnemucca Ministerial Association by providing clothing and household items to the needy and clothing to the residents of Harmony Manor and newborns at Humboldt General Hospital.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Donations are gladly accepted during the store's hours of operation. A drop-box is also located to the west of the store entrance for after-hours donations.

For more information, please call the Poke & Peek Thrift Shop at (775) 623-2076.