|Published:||Jul 25, 2012 4:04 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 25, 2012 6:02 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County students head back to the classroom in two weeks, but some families can't afford the supplies or the clothes to get their kids ready for the first day. That's why one outreach organization is helping kids dress for success. The group says there is a great need in the community.
Every Wednesday during the summer, hundreds of people line up at the mobile food pantry to help feed their families. Community Cooperative Ministries Incorporated says people's needs go deeper than canned food and bread.
Among their hundreds of clients, CEO Tracey Galloway says they've discovered a new way to help with a school uniform drive as kids get ready to go back to school.
"The need is growing because the schools are going to uniforms and the families are pressed more financially," Galloway said.
A uniform shirt runs about $6 and the shorts cost $9. That's $15 a day or $75 a week for just one child.
"This is something when they come in and work with our life coaches, parents can do it in private..they don't have to feel like they are getting a hand out," Galloway said.
CCMI are looking for new or gently used clothes, like blue and khaki bottoms and solid tops.
Ron Hightower came to shop at the mobile food pantry, but he knows for families that may not be enough.
"They need everything if they have kids, and I'm just praying God will bless them all," Hightower said.
Hoping to feed people's stomachs and their hearts, the mobile food pantry is a partnership between CCMI, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and United Way.
CCMI has collected about 30 uniforms so far.
To donate, call (239) 332-7687.
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