(NEWS RELEASE) -- For 40 years the 15th District PTA's Clothing Assistance Program has been providing new and used clothing to needy children who attend Jefferson County Public Schools. Many of our community's families face each new school year without resources to provide school clothing for their children. Kids today face many challenges and economically disadvantaged children have incredible barriers to overcome.
During the 2009-2010 school year, over 5,900 students were clothed at CAP. A school's Family Resource/Youth Service Center coordinator, counselor, or principal refers students in need of clothes. The referring party is responsible for setting up appointments for their clients. As a general rule, those students that are referred receive gently used school clothes, as well as a new school uniform (if required) underwear, and socks.
Most of the clothes are donated from local schools. Each school is asked to have one or two clothing drives a year for CAP. Funding for new clothing items come from cash donations from schools, PTAs, individuals and a few grant sources. Each local school is asked to send three to four volunteers twice a year to assist at the program (see calendar pop-down list below). This could include assisting clients, sorting, stocking and hanging clothes, ordering and tracking new inventory. Contact the Clothing Assistance Program at 485-7062 or 485-3535. Volunteers are needed!