Clickstop Cares Helps Distribute School Supplies to More Than 200 Area Students

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The nonprofit organization sees an increased need during the annual back-to-school event.

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Nicole Guenther, President Clickstop Cares Board of Directors

We really wouldn’t be able to give back to the community like this without the support we have received from Clickstop employees and community members. We are very grateful.

For a second year, Clickstop Cares partnered with the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District and other organizations to ensure underprivileged children have tools they need to start the school year on the right foot.

Qualified families living in the Vinton-Shellsburg district were invited to visit the Clickstop Cares Closet, 2535 Bing Miller Lane in Urbana, during free distribution events Aug. 9 and Aug. 17.

A total of 196 students – 40 more than last year – in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade picked out and took home backpacks and school supplies, along with hygiene products, new socks and undergarments. The district had expected the larger number after a tornado in July impacted several families.

Many items were collected from local residents, churches and businesses, including a partnership with Vinton office supply store Monkeytown. Monetary donations also were accepted. Every $40 sponsored a full set of grade-level supplies for one student.

“The turnout this year had volunteers bustling around the Cares Closet to get families what they needed,” Clickstop Cares Board President Nicole Guenther said. “On top of that, we helped little sisters and brothers and made a lot of parents happy.”

Those interested could browse racks of new and gently used shoes, clothing and other basic essentials, available at no charge to children or their families.

In addition, Clickstop Cares responded to about 30 requests for clothing and shoes from students in surrounding communities. Some received school supplies, as well.

“We really wouldn’t be able to give back to the community like this without the support we have received from Clickstop employees and community members,” Guenther said. “We are very grateful.”

Nearly 60 volunteers helped organize the event and assist shoppers with making selections.

Classes began Tuesday, Aug. 23 for Vinton-Shellsburg students in first through 12th grades. Kindergarten started Thursday, Aug. 25.

Clickstop Cares is a nonprofit charity organization founded by Clickstop employees. To learn about volunteer and donation opportunities, visit the Clickstop Cares Facebook page, call 1-888-794-1413 or email Cares(at)ClickstopCares(dot)org.


About Clickstop Cares

Clickstop Cares is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created and managed by Clickstop Inc. employee volunteers, with additional support from surrounding communities. Clickstop is the parent company of several brands based in Urbana, Iowa. Its focus on great workplace culture has landed the company multiple work environment-focused awards including two first place achievements as the Coolest Place to Work. Clickstop brands serve diverse markets that include the moving and cargo control industry, energy efficient insulation products, and home organizing solutions. For more information, visit

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