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Does your area have help for back to school supplies and clothes?

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I was wondering what it was like in other places.

I live in a low income area more that 50% of students on free or reduced lunch.Here needy parents can get help with back to school supplies and back to school clothing.

Salvation Army gives elementary students that qualify a free new backpack filled with the school supplies needed for their particular grade and school. They also give out clothing vouchers to buy clothing.

Middle and high school students are given a voucher to buy a pair of athletic type shoes as well as basic school supplies and underwear.

There is also a few churches that do something special for parents and students like provide two complete outfits for each needy child some new clothing and some gently used ( including a brand new pack of underwear and a new pack of socks) for free

Other churches as big garage sales with very cheap prices like 25 cents about this time mainly clothing for students.

So parents could get much of what is needed for free.

What is available in your area?
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My work, my church, and various other entities in the area all have drives for supplies. I believe the thrift stores help with clothing to some. I don't know of anything with the lunches, but there may be a program in place.

My neighbor works for a school, and they sell gift cards to several different places. Those places then, in turn, donate money back to the school. I got one to the grocery store, so I fill up the gift card, and then buy groceries. It's only an extra step or two for me, and it provides money to the school. It looks like some of that money is being used to house international students.
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Oh, I somehow forgot... One of my ex-coworkers is in a few local bands, and he'll find instruments in pawn shops and the like, repair them, and then give them to low-income kids. I've given him money to help, plus he gets things from other local musicians. He'll also offer free guitar lessons, provided he has the time and the child shows some dedication.
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