LatinaLista — Most parents look forward to their children going back to school, but for those families who struggle to make ends meet it can prove to be a stressful time. It’s bad enough that money must be found to pay for a new year’s worth of school supplies but buying new clothes or uniforms (adopted by many public schools these days) just adds to a family’s financial burden.
And children without the proper clothes for school feel embarrassed and self-conscious to the point they don’t even want to go to school.
In Pinellas County,Florida, a couple of enterprising women who worked with low-income school children realized the connection between a child having new school clothes and their performance in the classroom. They decided to do something to help.
The mission of Clothes to Kids is to:
To provide new and quality used clothing to low income, school-aged children free of charge.
A Clothes to Kids store supplies each eligible child in grades K-12 with a week’s worth of clothing, from brand new underwear to gently worn pants.
To shop at the store, families must meet certain eligibility guidelines and be referred by either a social worker, guidance counselor, teacher, priest, rabbi or other church official or social agency.
The local community is asked to donate clothing and volunteers work the stores.