A Child’s Place is seeking donations of new school supplies and public school uniforms before Aug. 9 for at least 2,600 client homeless children that will return to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools soon.
“The client families of A Child’s Place are not able to afford the new school supplies that perhaps you and I were given as a child or even purchase for our own children,” said Annabelle Suddreth, executive director of A Child’s Place. “A Child’s Place wants our client children to be academically prepared when the new school year starts, like most other children. To do that, we need your help.”
The National Retail Federation estimated that parents would spend an average of $688.62 on school supplies, shoes, clothing and electronics in 2012. A report on 2013 back-to-school has not yet been released. However, A Child’s Place knows the “average costs” are not realistic for its client families.
“Our client families usually consist of a single parent with two or three children living in a homeless shelter, pay-by-the-week motel or ‘doubled up’ or ‘tripled up’ with others,” Suddreth said. “Our client families do not have extra money to spare, and certainly not $700. Our families are focused on simply making ends meet with the hope of finding stable, permanent housing.”
A Child’s Place has posted a chart at www.achildsplace.org detailing all the items and sizes needed. The agency is asking for the usual crayons, markers, glue sticks and more. Sometimes, the client children wear the same outfit days in a row, due to lack of other clothing or a washing machine. Therefore, donations of public school uniforms are essential to keep client children healthy and clean.
“Donating to our client children is very easy,” Suddreth said. “You can host a drive at your workplace, church or school. You can pick up a few extra school supplies when you shop. We’ve even had children and adults accept donations of school supplies for A Child’s Place in lieu of birthday gifts. These are a just a few of the many ways you can help our client children so they are ready for school.”
Donations can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at A Child’s Place, located in Suite 230 at 601 E. Fifth St. in Charlotte. A Child’s Place also has a wish list registry through Walmart and Target. For more information, call 704-343-3790.
From WBTV, July 18, 2013