SPRINGFIELD — Those who qualify for free and reduced lunch are eligible to come get free clothes at Study Alternative Center.
The Parent-Teacher Association in Springfield is offering a great opportunity to get some kids the clothes they need for the school year with out having to spend a penny.
It’s a joint effort between the PTA of Springfield Public Schools and the Kiwanis Club, Ozark Empire. To receive clothes, the student must be eligible for a free or reduced lunch.
Confidence and comfort are key going into the school year, and at the PTA Clothing Bank, Co-Chair Patty Dunn says that confidence is not seasonal.
“They can come three times a year. We like them to come in the fall, in the winter and in the spring. They can get a free coat in the winter time. All the clothes are donated from people all over the city, and other organizations besides schools, like churches and other places do clothing drives for us,” says Dunn.
The shoppers who buy the clothes and donate them are real bargain hunters.
“One of our shoppers got $1,300 worth of socks and underwear for $13.16.” says Dunn.
Kids are covered from head to toe.
“They can come in and get 5 tops, 3 bottoms, brand new socks and underwear, and a pair of shoes,” Dunn says.
What outfit is complete without a new pair shoes? The Kiwanis Club has a full service operation going with a variety of sizes and styles.
Kiwanis Treasurer Jim Weld takes the time to make sure kids start of the year on the right foot.
“We buy new shoes, sit down with the kids one-on-one, find out their name, measure their foot. Sometimes the first shoe we find is a perfect fit, sometimes we try two or three, but we want the kids to walk out happy with a new pair of shoes,” says Weld.
Volunteers here know their work goes beyond providing a material thing.
“That’s a big confidence boost. Last week we had 364 kids that had that confidence boost,” Weld says.
The Clothing Bank is open every Thursday that school is in session, and also on one Saturday a month.
You can still get your child registered for free and reduced lunch to be eligible for this service.
PTA is always accepting donations. If your child has clothes in good condition that they can’t wear anymore, they’ll be put to good use.
You can drop those off at any of the following locations during business hours:
The Wash House
1755 E Bennett St.
The Wash House
3322 S Campbell Ave
Study Alternative Center
2343 W Olive St