CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When classes begin in one week 3,200 homeless students will be walking the halls of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

There is a big push to make sure those kids have the supplies they need in time. For that reason the organization, A Child’s Place is asking for your help in the final days before classes start.

“When kids show up for school on August 25, our kids will show up empty-handed and our staff will be there with full book bags to hand to those children so they don’t have to worry about not having those book bags,” says A Child’s Place Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth

The group collects school supplies like pens, paper and book bags.

It also provides new uniforms to these struggling families, to help the kids feel a little less out of place among their peers.

Suddreth says the situation seems to be getting worse, not better.

“Our community has more kids in poverty than ever, so in addition to the 3,200 homeless children that we try to help serve, Charlotte Mecklenburg-Schools is now at a 52 percent proverty rate. That means if you have 136,000 kids in school and over 50 percent poverty rate of those kids that are impoverished, we’re talking over 70,000 kids in our community who are poor and unable to fill the gap of school supplies, just the basic tools to learn,” says Suddreth

If you’d like to help A Child’s Place, the group is holding its first ever Stuff-A-Thon the day before school starts. It’s Tuesday, August 24 at the Grady Cole Center on King’s Drive.

Bobby Sisk / NewsChannel 36

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