Its beginning in 2009 was somewhat modest: stay-at-home moms in founder Deborah Torres' garage, serving 30 families.


Now, the non-profit Kid2Kid Closet is run by volunteers serving 1,060 families with semi-monthly swaps.


"All the stuff is free, (so) we ask them to keep the supply up so we can keep helping more and more people," said volunteer Cheryl Sislo, calling it "a free thrift store."


Sislo said seeing kids who wear sandals during the


winter because they don't have shoes is a motivating sight.


"We're just moms struggling to give our kids the basic needs," she said. "That's the situation we're dealing with real life and the kids are paying the price. We don't want to see that."


The group will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company, 19201 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley.


The $10 per person dinner includes a plate of spaghetti and unlimited garlic bread with half the proceeds going to Kid2Kid to help pay rent. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Sislo at 760-947-2687 or Torres at 661-236-7579.


An additional fund-raiser to benefit the group and Mommys Helping Mommys is Faith's Holiday Miracles on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Green Tree Inn, 14173 Green Tree Blvd. in Victorville.


Entrance is $5 with a toy or food donation. Activities start at 11 a.m. and will include story time with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, and elves helping children write letters to Santa, according to Deanna Rice of ExecuDeeVa. There will also be dancing and reindeer games by Dale the DJ Dude, vendors, massages, makeovers, popcorn and cotton candy, among others, according to the Facebook event page. The American Red Cross will also have a blood drive.


Attendees can have breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children. Those who want to attend both can purchase tickets for $10. Tickets are available at Get Glammed Hair & Nail Salon at 16559 Bear Valley Road, suite B in Hesperia.


Another upcoming fundraiser is the Spark of Love Toy Drive through the San Bernardino County Fire Department from 8 a.m.


to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 in the SuperTarget parking lot on Main Street, according to Victorville Firefighter Paramedic Jason McLaughlin.


"We're collecting new and unwrapped toys for kids of all ages," said McLaughlin, as well as cash donations. The donations go to the Children's Fund, which gives the toys to non-profit organizations of their choosing.


Kid2Kid's primary home is at 10902 I Ave. Suite B3 in Hesperia, but is only open during swap times. The next swap is on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. To donate to the group or volunteer visit www.kid2kidcloset.com or the group's Facebook page or call Sislo or Torres.