Lake Mills Children's

Clothing Giveaway

The Lake Mills Children’s Clothing Giveaway provides free clothing for children of families in the Lake Mills Area School District who are struggling to buy their children the clothes they need. The event follows the mantra, “Take what you need, and need what you take.” 

This event is for families in need in the Lake Mills Area School District and surrounding area and provides clothing for children of all ages and sizes. There are no questions asked. Need is self-determined. We know there are families struggling in the community. We want them to feel comfortable coming to the clothing giveaway, so we don’t require any type of application or proof of hardship. We don’t even ask for a name; everyone stays anonymous.

For convenience, the event coincides with picture day and registration at the Lake Mills Elementary School. Additionally, we offer personal shoppers and delivery for families who are not able to make it to the event in person. 

The first Children’s Clothing Giveaway was held in August of 2018 as a partnership between local moms and Citizen Advocates for Public Education (CAPE). Two more events were held in 2019. Unfortunately, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 giveaway. In 2021, the event was brought up under the Sunrise Reach umbrella of programs and will once again partner with CAPE.

To date, the Lake Mills Children’s Clothing Giveaway has provided cost-free clothing for over 500 local children!  

All clothing is donated by generous community members. A team of volunteers collects, sorts, and stocks the donated clothing for the 2-day event at the Lake Mills United Methodist Church. Clothing that remains after the event is donated to other nonprofits and community organizations, such as the Birth to 3 Program, the Jefferson County Foster Care Program, the Community Space, and local schools.