JCPS Clothing Assistance Program kicks off

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The JCPS annual Clothing Assistance Program Blitz kicked off Monday morning. It is a week long event that allows local families and kids in the district to get a free school uniform and donated clothing. On the first day alone, there were more than 170 appointments in the book.

Part of getting ready for the school year is getting those back-to-school outfits, and while it can be a fun and exciting time for kids, for parents and guardians it can be a time of high financial stress.

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"I have kids with birthdays between July and August so I have birthdays and back to school to get ready for so it makes it super hard," said Robin Pettit, a JCPS parent.

Pettit has permanent custody of her two nieces, Jasmine and Jayden. Shopping for the girls on top of her own children seemed nearly impossible this year, and that's where the Clothing Assistance Program comes in.

"All of them are going to school this year and it was really hard with all of the uniforms and dress codes, it was really a god send," said Pettit.

The program is run solely by volunteers who take the mountains of donated clothing and sort and hang every pair of pants, every shirt, accessories and hundreds of school uniforms. On Monday morning, JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens and her cabinet spent time volunteering, sorting and bagging the uniforms.

"There's this sense of relief and smiles so really our focus is learning the first day of school not getting the right shirts and pants we don't want that to be the worry," said Dr. Hargens.

Others in the community came out as well, like Laura Goodman and her two kids who say it is important to give back and appreciate what you do have.

"We are able to just run to the store and get something new off the rack but some families go through hard times and can't do that so it's good to keep things in a broad perspective," said Goodman.

Program coordinators say the racks will be empty by the end of each day and then fully loaded again the next day, so the next round of local families can walk away with their new back to school outfits, just like Jasmine and Jayden.

"Oh, it helps 100 percent, I don't know what I'd do without it," said Pettit.

The Clothing Assistance Program Blitz runs through the rest of the week but the program runs throughout the entire year. Program coordinators say they are always in need of volunteers so if you'd like to help out just give them a call at (502) 485-7062 or (502) 485-3535.


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