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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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same here sinopa ~ I see the school supply drives all over the place, at Publix, at Kroger, etc... but I wouldn't have a clue where people go to get supplies?

We have many churchs that have a food pantry year round, so my guess would be they have school supplies also - not sure, I've never been -

Unless it's something that's organized through social services, I don't think any of the local thrift stores give clothing vochers - I know of one that will give clothing to foster kids or fire victims, but it has to go through the county child services system - I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole -

At our school, we can donate our outgrown uniform shirts/khakis/navy pants, etc.

We just hang them on a rack for whomever can use them.
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