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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There isn't enough money to buy school uniforms for JCPS students. It's a challenge that has many parents concerned, but there's a way you can help.
Donations are needed right now. Several schools and programs are trying to replenish their supplies before students head back to school.
"The needs are just so great," said Stephanie Hooper, the Family Resource Center Coordinator at Camp Taylor Elementary School. "I'm seeing pure poverty for the first time."
It's poverty that many can't even imagine. At Graduation Day at Camp Taylor Elementary School last week, you could see the diverse student population -- students with a variety of needs.
"Here we are at 86 percent free lunch," Hooper said. "Our refugee population is up to 140 students out of 500. That's the ones that have a code of their own, by their culture that they wear."
Hooper says she is in desperate need of more school uniform donations. Plastic bins have the clothes sorted by size, even needing new socks and underwear.
You can drop off items during the day Monday through Friday. The school is looking for kid sizes, 6 to 10, including long skirts, shorts, pants and shirts.
"[For] some of them, it's a need because they have nothing at home," she said. "[For] some of them, it's just my emergency closet because of spills or things that happen. If a student comes to me that has nothing, we try to provide two or three outfits, then hoping they can wash and be able to wear them to make it through the week."
The 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program needs boys and girls clothing, sizes 4T to 16. It's expecting to serve about 5,000 JCPS students between July and August. Families must make an appointment with their schools' family resource coordinator.
Students receive five new pairs of underwear and socks. If they attend a uniform school, students will receive one new pair of uniform pants, a polo shirt and belt. Their families can also shop for gently used clothing at CAP and get a full bag of clothes for free.
"Some of these children literally come here with nothing -- no shoes, no socks," Hooper said.
The Clothing Assistance Program is open for donations Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the year. The program is also open on the following Blitz Dates: Saturday, July 26, Monday, July 28, Tuesday. July 29, Wednesday, July 30, Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1.
Then, CAP is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.